Brahim Diaz, one of the Spain’s most promising players, is set to leave Manchester City and join Real Madrid after an agreement has been reached between the two clubs.
The 19-year-old will achieve two of his goals at once with this move: he will be returning to Spain with his family, five years after leaving Malaga, as well as joining Los Blancos.
The fee will be 15 million euros plus add-ons, and Diaz will sign a contract with the European champions for the next six seasons.
It is only the details of the add-ons that is holding up the deal for now, but Diaz will occupy one of Madrid‘s two slots in the first team and he will earn 3.5 million euros per year gross.
The intention of the club is to announce the signing and present the Malaga-born midfielder to the fans and media next week.
By signing Diaz, Madrid are going against their policy of not bringing in players in January as the last player they did this for was Lucas Silva in 2014/15.
This is not a regular case, however, as Diaz is the type of prospect that is not often available and his desire to return to Spain saw him offered to Los Blancos; this was a deal that the club could not turn down.
Once City became aware that the midfielder had no intention on signing a new deal with the club, Pep Guardiola gave his blessing for Diaz to negotiate a move to Madrid so that they can recoup some money, rather than lose him for free in the summer.
The good relationship between the clubs meant that a deal was done relatively quickly as Madrid had initially offered 10 million euros, while City countered with 20 million; they settled on 15 million, though the add-ons will take it above this figure.
Diaz has played in just four games for City this season, including in the past 10 days when they faced Leicester City in the Carabao Cup, and the strong competition at the club, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling helped make up the Spaniard’s mind.
That is not to say that it will be easy at Madrid, but he will be one of the young talents that the club are betting on – a list which includes Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior and, when he arrives, Rodrygo – and Diaz is a player that will excite the crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ultimately, Diaz is a player with outrageous potential and this was an opportunity that Madrid could not turn down.