Report: Real Madrid Reach 'Informal Agreement' with Man City's Brahim Diaz

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 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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Real Madrid could reportedly snap up Manchester City starlet Brahim Diaz as early as January, with the 19-year-old set to reject a contract extension at the Etihad Stadium.

According to Sam Lee of Goal, the forward will turn down the chance to sign a new deal with City as he has concerns over his playing time. It's added the 19-year-old has reached an "informal agreement" with the European champions over a future transfer.

"The Spanish club will try to strike a deal with City to buy Brahim in January, although it is understood that there has been no official contact between the clubs yet," said Lee. "Madrid have told the youngster that he will be part of the first-team setup at the Santiago Bernabeu for the second half of the season should they sign him in January."

It's added that if Diaz is unable to get regular football at the Santiago Bernabeu, then he will likely be sent out on loan to get consistent minutes.

According to Lee, despite the uncertainty regarding whether Diaz would get in the Madrid XI regularly, the desire Los Blancos have shown in trying to bring him to the club has convinced the youngster:

Sam Lee @Sammy_Goal

The thing with this proposed Brahim to Madrid move is that he could end up on loan next summer (if he goes in Jan and things don’t go his way). But he sees Madrid’s move for him as proof of their belief in his quality in the long-term

Sam Lee @Sammy_Goal

Long and the short of it is that City have tried to persuade Brahim that they value him, and that is appreciated by all accounts, but it’s down to playing time. One of those things

From City's perspective, they will be disappointed to lose one of the most talented players to come out of their academy in recent seasons.

Although he's only been able to showcase his talents occasionally in sky blue, Diaz has impressed whenever he's been given opportunities. The Spanish youth international is a vibrant footballer who can take the ball in tight spaces, dribble past opponents and thread passes into dangerous positions.

In both Carabao Cup matches he's started this term, Diaz has performed well. As Scouted Football relayed, he showed he had an eye for goal in the win over Fulham:

Scouted Football @ScoutedFtbl

Brahim Díaz (19) versus Fulham: 18th minute • First senior goal 65th minute • Second senior goal Milestone moments. https://t.co/8n4MyxuCKf

To lose him for nothing will be galling for City, and some fans may be concerned Diaz follows a similar path to Jadon Sancho, who left the club in January 2017 and has blossomed into one of European football's brightest prospects.

The winger has excelled in the Bundesliga for leaders Borussia Dortmund, made his UEFA Champions League bow and also picked up his first senior caps for England.

In the past, Guardiola has spoken about the challenge of keeping young players at the club who have an ambition to play regularly early in their careers:

Sam Lee @Sammy_Goal

Guardiola on Brahim: "We want him. I'm not involved in the contract but I spoke with Txiki. The fact is we want him." "We want to have them [young players] but sometimes, like Jadon Sancho, they want to leave and what can we do?"

If would be understandable if Diaz moved on, as the positions he can operate in are stacked with class at the Etihad Stadium.

While Real Madrid have endured a difficult 2018-19 season, they too have a number of high-class attacking options still to call upon. Even so, the chance for a young Spaniard to don the famous all-white strip represents an opportunity that is difficult to turn down.