Edison Cavani's agent has revealed that Real Madrid made a last ditch attempt to sign the player from Danubio before he made the move to Palermo.
The young striker attracted the attention of Real after he notched-up seven goals in nine games at the 2007 South American Youth Championships in Paraguay to finish as the tournament's top scorer.
While Juventus and Milan were also reportedly monitoring Cavani, the player's representative Pier Paolo Truzi has confirmed details of Madrid's late move to bring him to the Bernabeu in the winter transfer window.
With a é¼5million offer from Palermo, the Spanish giants faxed through their bid that was reportedly é¼1million higher than the Italians, but Cavani had already given his word to the Serie A side.
Palermo had agreed a deal in principle with Danubio and the player on 29th January, a day before Madrid put in their offer.
"I can state that Real Madrid had been sending scouts since last year to Uruguay to watch Cavani," Truzi told Corriere dello Sport Stadio.
"Palermo was the club that came forward and made a firm offer to match anything that any other was willing to bid.
"They really wanted to sign Edi and made him feel important."
Cavani made a dream start to his career in Italy as he scored the equaliser against Fiorentina just 15 minutes after coming on in the game on 11th March and he believes that he made the right decision in joining Palermo.
"I like to be able to help out in attack and in the defence and I am able to do that here," he said.