After losing Jadon Sancho to Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City’s another sensational player is in news, with European champions Real Madrid setting their sights on Brahim Díaz.
The 18-year-old is considered one of the best teenagers in European football and Pep Guardiola has been keeping him, along with another super-talent Phil Foden, close to the first-team squad with a view to integrating them in the coming years.
Diaz scored for City against Zinedine Zidane’s side during pre-season and it has now been suggested that they are exploring the possibility of signing him.
However, Real Madrid’s approach to the transfer market has changed recently, and instead of signing all the biggest names, they have acquired elite young players such as Marco Asensio, Vinícius Júnior and Jesús Vallejo. And as Eduardo Inda of OKDIARIO revealed on El Chiringuito, lately Los Blancos have been scouting Brahim intensively with the idea of adding him to their ranks.
The playmaker, who is under contract until 2019, made his senior debut in the League Cup last year and is highly rated inside the club.
But now they may be facing a battle to keep hold of him if Real make a play to sign him.
The teenager arrived from Malaga aged just 16 in 2015, when City held off interest from both Real and Barcelona to land him.
During the last international break, Brahim became the youngest player to debut for Spain’s under-21 side aged 18 years and a month, and his potential is meteoric.
The likes of Kun Agüero and David Silva have been subject to interest from Madrid over the years, but the positive relationship between the two clubs has limited how aggressively Madrid have pursued any City players they like.
If any club could convince Brahim to return to Spain, it may well be Real Madrid, but it would need the teenager to want the move and City to approve a deal.