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‘Madrid’s next signing’ Real Madrid to approach Man City midfielder on January 1 – report

Real Madrid will formally open talks with Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz on January 1st and expect to make him their next signing – either in the winter market or next summer.

Madrid-based newspaper Marca, known for its close ties to the European champions, is now considering Brahim’s move to the Spanish capital almost a done deal, although he can’t officially begin talks with Real Madrid until the opening day of 2019.

The talented young attacker has rejected City’s attempts to extend his contract but is determined to move on, and is set to follow in the footsteps of fellow wonderkid Jadon Sancho who quit the Etihad for Borussia Dortmund last year.

As reported by Cadena SER a couple of days ago, Madrid haven’t ruled out negotiating a January deal for Brahim, which could see City get a reduced fee and potentially include some clauses.

The alternative is Madrid waiting until Diaz’s contract is up at the end of June and signing him on a free transfer.

Despite scoring twice against Premier League side Fulham in the Carabao Cup at the start of November, Diaz has not played a single minute for City since, although was on the bench for Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Lyon amid a host of injuries to first-team stars.

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