Manchester United are reportedly planning a last ditch bid to sign Spanish youngster Sergio Canales.
The 18-year-old youngster has been linked with a string of clubs during the January transfer window, and it appeared that Real Madrid were on the verge of signing the player. But fresh reports suggest Manchester United are preparing a final offer in a bid to land the player in-front of the Spanish giants.
A complicated contract is set to expire in the summer, but it seems unlikely that Canales will leave current club Racing Santader for free. The Racinguistas are believed to be after a fee in the region of £10 million, and would also like the attacking midfielder back on loan in the 2010/11 season.
This stumbling block has put the proposed move to Madrid in doubt, and Sir Alex Ferguson has spotted the opportunity to sneak in with a move.
Reports in the Daily Mail suggest United will make an offer under the valuation, but allow Canales to return to El Sardinero for the following campaign.
Regarded as one of the hot young properties in Spain, Canales has scored a goal every other game for the La Liga side this season. He has also been working his way through the Spanish youth set up, playing at all age groups from the U16 to U19 level.
Apparently interested in a switch to the Premier League, Canales has spoken to team-mate Xisco about life in England and appears to have opened the door if Ferguson wants to make a move for the talented teenager.