Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Brahim Diaz to Real Madrid: Manchester City insert anti Manchester United clause

Brahim Diaz to Real Madrid: Manchester City insert anti Manchester United clause

Diaz moves to Spain in a deal worth at least £15 million ($19m) plus £6.5m in add-ons, Goal understands.

In recent weeks, PSG had tried to convince the 19-year-old Spaniard of a move to Paris, but his number one preference always was to play for Madrid.

City risked losing Diaz for nothing as his contract at The Etihad Stadium was due to expire in the summer, before a deal with Real Madrid - which involves an initial fee of £15.5m - was struck.

And should Manchester United sign him from Real then City would be entitled to 40 per cent of the fee.

Diaz is to undergo a medical on Monday before being officially presented as a Real Madrid player at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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The midfielder made his first-team debut against Swansea in the EFL Cup in 2016 but has struggled to break into the senior side on a regular basis.

The England under-21 global has yet to start a Premier League game but sources say he is viewed as the successor to David Silva with Pep Guardiola determined to make him a first-team regular.

Philippe Sandler, a 21-year-old close-season signing from PEC Zwolle, could make his City debut after being named among the substitutes.

Dani Ceballos, a 16 million euro acquisition from Real Betis in 2017, has also failed to hold down a place in Santiago Solari's side while Theo Hernandez, who switched from neighbours Atletico Madrid previous year, is on loan at Real Sociedad.

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