Manchester City are poised to lose Spanish wonderkid Brahim Diaz when his contract runs out at the end of the season, ESPN FC reports.
The 19-year-old, who along with teammate Phil Foden is considered one of Europe’s brightest young players, has been involved in a contract dispute with City and rejected a loan move to sister club Girona FC in the summer to right for his place under Pep Guardiola.
Unless City can strike a late compromise with Diaz, he will be speak to other clubs from January and it is now looking likely that he’ll decide to follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho by continuing his career elsewhere.
Sancho’s current club Borussia Dortmund are one of those credited with an interest in Brahim, while La Liga giants Real Madrid would like to take him home to Spain and make him one of their future ‘galacticos’.
Pep Guardiola is known to be a fan of Brahim but with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sané, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva on the books, the teenager is finding first-team opportunities rare with the Carabao Cup third round win over Oxford United his only appearance of the season to date.
Should Diaz leave the club for a foreign side, City would only receive a modest compensation fee with his contract up in June.