REAL MADRID’s frustration at letting Jadon Sancho get away is driving their pursuit of Manchester City prodigy Brahim Diaz.
The Spanish giants are understood to be closing in on the midfielder, 19, whose contract at the Etihad will expire at the end of the season.
Getty Images – Getty6 Brahim Diaz is considered one of the brightest prospects in football
Manchester City are desperate to hold on to the prospect, but with his first team opportunities limited, Diaz is leaning towards a move to the Bernabeu.
Speaking yesterday, Citizens manager Pep Guardiola said of the Spaniard: "The case of Brahim is very simple: we want him to stay, we want to extend his contract for four or five years and we'll do absolutely everything to keep him here but, as I said before, it's in his hands."
Real Madrid’s relentless pursuit of Diaz is understood to be fuelled by their failure to land Sancho – another former Man City player.
The reigning Champions League holders came close to signing Sancho, 18, in the summer of 2017 and the forward was keen on the switch.
Getty – Contributor6 Sancho, now at Borussia Dortmund, nearly joined Real Madrid
However, he made demands to ensure his progress. The zippy-kid said he was willing to play with the development side Castilla, but insisted he train with the first team Galacticos so speed his progress.
Real Madrid, fearing they could have another Martin Odegaard on their hands – the young Norwegian who arrived at the age of 15 amid much fanfare who’s failed to make an impact – backed out of the deal.
Since then, they’ve seen Sancho go from strength-to-strength at Borussia Dortmund.
This season he’s scored five goals and eight assists in 19 games and also made his England debut.
Getty – Contributor6 Sancho made his England debut under Gareth Southgate and impressed
Getty Images – Getty6 Martin Odegaard arrived at Real Madrid at the age of 15 amid much hype