Real Madrid closing on Manchester City’s Brahim Diaz for January

Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz has decided upon a move to Real Madrid with the clubs confident of an €11m (£10m) deal, say ESPN.

A report in Marca earlier in the week carried similar news of Madrid’s approach but added the English champions wanted to hold out for €20m for the teenager, who is out of contract in June 2019.

Now 19, Diaz joined City’s youth system from Malaga in 2013 and has been reported to be likely to move on next summer unless he is given more first-team opportunities.

Madrid and PSG both said to be interested, meaning Los Blancos are prepared to pay a fee to land him in January instead of risk losing out on his signature.

Diaz netted twice in a rare start during a 2-0 League Cup victory over Fulham last month but fresh reports say he is intent on leaving the English champions next summer.

In summer, Diaz told El Mundo Deportivo: “My ambition is to play as much as I can, the more minutes you get the better you will be.”

City boss Pep Guardiola said after that victory over Fulham: “Brahim knows what we want for all of our young players.

“We want to protect them and to help them – that goes for him all of the players in the academy. We want him but it does not depend on us but it is up to the agent, to the player, to the family.”

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