Real Madrid are determined that their relationship with new boy Brahim Diaz will be a long one – and have made sure of that by slapping an incredible release clause on him.
Release clauses are an obligation in Spanish football and Brahim’s is €750 million (£672.8 million), a fee no club is likely to ever pay – although with inflation in recent years, it’s impossible to know for sure!
City do not have the option to buy back Brahim like they do for several other youngsters recently sold, as the player’s contract situation meant Real Madrid were in the driver’s seat.
Even so, the Premier League champions got a good deal for a player who would have been out of contract in June, earning £15.5 million with a further £6.5 million to follow in add-ons. City also placed a 15% sell-on clause in the deal, which would become 40% were Manchester United to sign him.
Diaz spoke of achieving his dream to play for Real Madrid, and it doesn’t look like we will see him in the sky blue of Manchester City again – but you can never say never in football…