Brahim Diaz looks to be on his way out of Manchester City after resisting new contract offers, and all indications from Spain point to the teenager wonderkid joining Real Madrid either in the winter or at the end of the season.
It would mean City losing another of their ‘big three’ prospects from a gifted generation of academy players, after Jadon Sancho quit the club for Borussia Dortmund – with only Phil Foden looking likely to remain once he signs fresh terms.
The Brahim Diaz situation is peculiar for one reason in particular, as Spanish newspaper Marca reports today.
While Pep Guardiola wants the 19-year-old to remain at the Etihad Stadium and has said so publicly, Pep’s older brother Pere Guardiola is steering the Spaniard to Madrid.
Pere is an ally of the City Football Group and part-owns Girona FC with them through the ‘Girona Football Group’, but in this case is working for his client more than Manchester City.
Diaz is described by Marca as ‘determined’ to wear the white of Real Madrid, although there remain other top European clubs in the hunt such as Paris Saint-Germain, knowing they can get a top prospect for virtually no cost in the summer.
On Friday, Pep Guardiola was pragmatic when talking about Brahim, and left the door ajar for the player to change his mind.
“My advice is if he doesn’t want to stay, he has to leave,” said Guardiola.
“I think the academy has to be so proud that he’s been working here many years.
“The case of Brahim is very simple: we want him to stay, we want to extend his contract for four or five years and we’ll do absolutely everything to keep him here but, as I said before, it’s in his hands.”