Borussia Dortmund Reportedly Target Man City's Brahim Diaz for January Transfer

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2018

OXFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Brahim Diaz of Manchester City during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Oxford United and Manchester City at Kassam Stadium on September 25, 2018 in Oxford, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
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Borussia Dortmund are reportedly considering a move for Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz. 

According to Sean Kearns of Metro, the Bundesliga side are ready to capitalise on Diaz's contract situation at City, with his deal set to expire at the end of the season. Kearns reported that little progress has been made regarding an extension because of Diaz's lack of minutes in the first team.

As such, Dortmund are said to be ready to make their play for the Spain youth international, having lured Jadon Sancho to the club in 2017 from the Etihad Stadium outfit.

According to Kearns, the fact that the youngster has made just 12 senior appearances for City has "led to Diaz contemplating his future at the club, and Metro.co.uk understands Dortmund and Real Madrid are both interested in signing him in January."

It's added that Dortmund have also sought the advice of Sancho regarding his former City team-mate, with the England international said to have provided a glowing review of the 19-year-old.

It's understandable if Diaz is concerned about his first-team prospects, as the youngster is a long way down the pecking order at City. The teenager can play in an advanced midfield position or in wide areas, arguably the two positions that are most stacked in Pep Guardiola's squad.

Despite his lack of minutes, the City manager spoke about Diaz recently and made it clear he believes the Spaniard has lots of potential:

Goal UK @GoalUK

Brahim Diaz, Man City's next superstar? 🤩 https://t.co/anjHWdNB7k

The issue City have is getting him in the team. Out wide, Guardiola has Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez to call upon, while centrally Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden are all vying for places.

With that in mind, Diaz may look at Sancho and decide to move abroad. For the former City man, the decision to join Dortmund has expedited his development.

Sancho scored twice on Saturday for BVB in a 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin, continuing his incredible start to the 2018-19 season. In terms of productivity, he is rivalling some of the best players on the continent:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

10+ goals or assists in Europe's top five leagues this season: L. Messi - 12 K. Mbappe - 12 Neymar - 11 N. Pepe - 11 C. Ronaldo - 11 E. Hazard - 10 S. Haller - 10 J. SANCHO - 10 Jadon Sancho, 18, is in good company, as @_WrightJosh charts his progress https://t.co/KIxWG4VMuL

He isn't the only player to have recently moved to the Bundesliga from a Premier League giant to enjoy success, either:

Scouted Football @ScoutedFtbl

Jadon Sancho is the first English player to score a brace in a Bundesliga game since... *checks notes* Reiss Nelson last week. Teenage takeover. https://t.co/OZmID44PJ3

Diaz will likely look at the development of players like Sancho and Reiss Nelson in Germany and be envious. At his age, he will want to start getting regular minutes and testing himself in one of European football's top five leagues.

Although there may be plenty at City who admire Diaz's ability, he's on the periphery of the squad, and it's tough to see that changing anytime soon. As such, Diaz appears poised to try his hand elsewhere.