Brahim Diaz: Manchester City put anti-United clause Real Madrid transfer to prevent Old Trafford move

The young midfielder will move to the Bernabeu this month, and City have made moves to prevent him ever lining up on the other side of Manchester

Mark Critchley
Saturday 05 January 2019 12:40
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Manchester City are on the verge of completing the sale of Brahim Diaz to Real Madrid in a deal worth up to £22m, which includes what is effectively an anti-Manchester United clause.

The 19-year-old will join Madrid for an initial £15.5m fee, with a potential £6.5m following in add-ons.

The deal includes a 15 per cent sell-on fee, which rises to 40 per cent if Madrid choose to sell Brahim to ‘another Manchester club’ – i.e. cross-city rivals United.

Brahim had six months remaining on his Etihad contract, after City failed in their attempts to sign him to renewed terms.

Rather than lose him for nothing in the summer they chose to strike a deal with the Bernabeu club that allows him to leave this month.

The young winger was persuaded by Madrid’s promises of first-team football and head coach Santiago Solari is expected to draft his new signing into the senior squad immediately. Pep Guardiola could not ultimately offer Brahim similar assurances on playing time.

While Phil Foden – a contemporary of Brahim’s in the City academy – is seen as a successor to the 32-year-old midfielder David Silva, Brahim’s pathway to regular first-team opportunities was blocked by younger talents like Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané.

Brahim joined City as a 14-year-old from Malaga and has been one of the success stories of City’s academy, making 15 first-team appearances.

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