REAL MADRID and Barcelona are ready to lock horns in a battle to get Bruno Fernandes out of ?Old Trafford.

The Spanish giants are closely monitoring Fernandes’ situation despite the player having spent just eight months at Manchester United.

While Fernandes denies there are serious problems at the club, the midfielder was unhappy about being subbed at half-time in this month’s 6-1 loss against Spurs.

He was also very vocal in a dressing-room row at the break before being told by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he was being swapped for Fred.

When asked yesterday why he had subbed the player, Solskjaer refused to explain.

He said: “There are many reasons behind subs in a game and if I explain every time I take a player off, I don’t think that’s the right thing.

“I explained to Bruno and he accepted it, no problem.”