Manchester City wonderkid Brahim Diaz is set to follow in Jadon Sancho’s footsteps by quitting the Etihad Stadium, with a move to Real Madrid thought to be close.
And while City have been boosted by Phil Foden signing a new long-term deal, the club may soon find themselves at risk of losing another wonderkid emerging from the talent-rich City Football Academy.
According to a report in The Sun, scouts from German clubs Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig were all in attendance to scout 18-year-old Rabbi Matondo in City’s UEFA Youth League win over Hoffenheim during the week.
Nice manager Patrick Vieira has also been monitoring Matondo’s progress from France and has an interest, with the Ligue 1 club also a potential loan destination should City hang on to Rabbi.
Matondo, 18, recently won his first Wales cap after receiving a surprise call-up from Ryan Giggs, and has just 18 months left on his Man City deal.
Clubs are aware that City do not want any more youngsters running down their contracts after Brahim, and that could lead to one of the German sides making a bid for Matondo in January, which would put pressure on the Blues to sell if they are not confident he will renew his deal.
Pep Guardiola has summoned Matondo, who is reportedly the fastest player at the club – even faster than Leroy Sané and Kyle Walker! – to first-team training and wants him tied down to a new contract, but so far City have not reached an agreement with the talented winger.
It is suggested that should City agree to sell Matondo, they could receive a fee in the region of £10 million – but they will be hoping to avoid losing yet another product of the academy.