Real Madrid have launched a last-ditch charm offensive to try to snatch Isco from under Manchester City’s nose. The Blues have been confident of landing Malaga’s midfield sensation for around £21million. City hoped his relationship with new boss Manuel Pellegrini — who coached Isco in Spain — and the promise of regular first-team football at the Etihad would be enough to convince him. But Isco’s outstanding display for Spain at the European Under-21 Championships persuaded Real to step up their bid. And in the last few days they have been relentless in their pursuit of the outstanding young midfielder. Director of football Zinedine Zidane has met with the 21-year-old’s father and further talks are pencilled in. Isco has hinted he will announce his decision today and Madrid are now confident they have clinched a deal. But Pellegrini officially starts work tomorrow and City hope the Chilean will have time to do some more persuading.