Man City to make late effort to keep midfielder before agreeing £8m sale – report

Manchester City look almost certain to lose rising star Brahim Diaz to Real Madrid, but will make one final attempt to change his mind, The Sun on Sunday reports.

Diaz, 19, is heading to the European champions either in January for a fee or in June, when his contract expires, on a free transfer – unless City can convince him to do a U-turn.

City are desperate to keep the talented young attacking midfielder, after seeing Jadon Sancho head to Borussia Dortmund last year, where he has become one of the hottest young stars in world football.

Brahim has so far rejected several contract proposals worth up to £25,000-a-week including bonuses, but could listen if the club offer him £35,000-a-week – similar to what Phil Foden is thought to be in line for when he pens a new deal.

Real Madrid are willing to hand over a ‘gesture fee’ of around £8 million to sign Diaz in January, which is far more than the modest compensation of £200,000 the Blues would receive if the Spaniard walks out at the end of the season.

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