Real Madrid are reportedly in pole position to sign Manchester City wonderkid Brahim Diaz, who is in the final year of his contract at the club

According to a report by Daily Mail, Manchester City are facing a tough battle on their hands to keep hold of Brahim Diaz. The Spanish wonderkid is in the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium, with Real Madrid keeping a close eye on developments over his situation.

Brahim Diaz is regarded as one of the brightest prospects to have emanated out of the Manchester City youth setup. Rated as highly as Jadon Sancho, who is making waves at Borussia Dortmund, the player has showed a lot of promise in the few chances afforded to him by Pep Guardiola.

But, ‘few’ is a keyword that must be paid more attention to. Diaz is frustrated with a lack of opportunities that have been afforded to him after he rejected a loan move to Girona to fight for his place in the first-team setup. His current situation means the Spaniard is open to leaving Manchester City, which is piquing the interest of Real Madrid.

Real Madrid are in disarray at the present moment, with Julen Lopetegui on the verge of being sacked. Their poor run of results have left them languishing at ninth on the La Liga table, whereas their fortunes in the UEFA Champions League are only slightly better.

Approaching the end of his time at Manchester City? (Photo by Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)

Approaching the end of his time at Manchester City? (Photo by Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)

Poor performances in the final third is one of the chief reasons why Real Madrid find themselves in their current predicament. To that end, Diaz has become the subject of interest from Los Blancos, with the Manchester City wonderkid fitting perfectly in the profile of players that Florentino Perez has chased of late.

The player’s ability to play on either flank as well as in a central role would ideally make him an asset for whoever is managing Real Madrid. And, with their needs being rather urgent, the European champions are set to test the resolve of Manchester City in the January transfer window itself.

Real Madrid could just sign Diaz next summer in a Bosman move. But, the player’s availability as a free agent would open the doors to joining other clubs as well. Meanwhile, Manchester City are eager to tie the teenage wonderkid to a new deal.

But, Diaz is ready to run down his deal with the Premier League champions, with the prospect of becoming a regular at Etihad being a slim one – indicative by the solitary start that he has made this season.

A Jadon Sancho-like situation has emerged at Manchester City once again, with Real Madrid now in pole position to land Brahim Diaz. It will now be interesting to see if the Citizens can tie the 19-year-old down to a new contract, or if he ends up returning to him homeland in the January transfer window.

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