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Real Madrid and Manchester City enter formal talks over January transfer – report

Real Madrid have entered negotiations with Manchester City to sign teenage wonderkid Brahim Diaz in the January transfer window, which would enable the Premier League club to receive a transfer fee.

Diaz is out of contract in June and has made it clear that he wants to quit the Etihad Stadium, with Spanish newspaper AS today reporting that talks have been initiated.

City had initially requested that one of Madrid’s most promising academy players involved in the deal, but the European champions refused that possibility. City have now agreed to discuss a straight cash deal, which would mean avoiding losing Diaz for free in the summer.

Due to his contract situation, any transfer fee would be below the wonderkid’s full value, with AS suggesting that a deal could be done between €5 million (£4.5 million) and €10 million (£8.9 million).

When they sign Brahim, be it in January or June, Real Madrid will hand him a six-year deal with bigger wages than he presently earns. City were willing to match any offer presented to the former Malaga youngster, but he has been ‘seduced’ by the option of returning to Spain and is unhappy with his lack of game time this season.

Real Madrid are not the only bidder for Diaz, with Paris Saint-Germain entering the picture in recent weeks, but the player only has eyes for a move to the Santiago Bernabéu.

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