Brahim Diaz seals £22m move to Real Madrid
The widely-anticipated move was announced a little over an hour after Madrid’s disappointing season suffered another setback with a surprise 2-0 home defeat by Real Sociedad.
City had hoped to keep the 19-year-old Spaniard but believe a deal that could be worth up to £22million represents a good deal for a player who had just six months left on his contract.
A Real Madrid statement said: “Real Madrid and Manchester City have agreed to the transfer of the player Brahim Diaz, who will be committed to the club for the remainder of the season and the next six, until June 30, 2025.”
The deal with City also includes a 15 per cent sell-on fee but, interestingly, it is understood that rises to 40 per cent should Real sell the Spain Under-21 international to Manchester United.
Diaz has been at City since joining from home-town club Malaga at the age of 14 but has seen first-team opportunities limited at the Etihad, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez ahead of him in the pecking order.
In total, Diaz has made 15 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, his most recent being last month’s Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Leicester.