Manchester City are edging closer to losing one of their best youngsters, Brahim Diaz, with Real Madrid becoming more and more confident of signing the attacking midfielder, James Ducker of the Telegraph reports.
Brahim is locked in a contract stalemate with City and will be free to start talks with other clubs in January if it isn’t resolved, before potentially walking out for next to nothing in the summer.
City would receive a modest compensation fee but far below Brahim’s value, and with Real Madrid looking to rebuild their struggling squad, they see the young Spaniard as a ‘Galactico’ of the future.
The Blues have not given up on keeping Brahim, who is represented by Pere Guardiola, the agent and brother of manager Pep Guardiola, but Diaz is said to have become frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities at the Etihad.
The former Malaga youngster is expected to feature tonight when City host Fulham in the Carabao Cup fourth round.
Speaking to the official City website, Diaz said: “I enjoyed the match against Oxford and, if I’m honest, I felt amazing. Obviously I hope to get more chances to play minutes when the opportunities arise.
“It was a shame to have to come off so early at Oxford, but I felt something in my hamstring – something I’ve never felt before because I’ve been lucky to never have been injured – but it made sense to come off at that point because we were winning and there was no need to take a risk.”