Manchester City are reported to have made a last-ditch bid to persuade Spanish starlet Sergio Canales to switch to Eastlands.
The Racing Santander midfielder has made big strides this season and is now regarded as one of the finest prospects in La Liga.
The 18-year-old is out of contract in the summer and his father Angel, who is also his agent, has taken the chance to talk to his numerous suitors.
Angel Canales travelled to England this week, where he is understood to have met officials from Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham.
Arsenal and Chelsea were rumoured to be heading the English pack, but it has now emerged that City have made an extra effort to bag Canales, who is expected to pen a new deal with Santander, with a view to joining Real Madrid in the long-term.
Spanish sources have reported that City dispatched technical director Mike Rigg and chief financial officer Graham Wallace on a private jet to Spain to hold talks with Canales.
They are believed to have met with Racing and the player's officials and offered terms greater than that on offer at Real or Chelsea.
However, despite their concerted efforts, reports claim Canales will remain in Spain.