Manchester City inserted an anti-Manchester United clause in their deal for Brahim Diaz to join Real Madrid in January 2019 it has been revealed.
The young Spaniard put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half year deal with Real Madrid, ending intense transfer speculation around his name. The player had just 6 months remaining on his contract and after telling Manchester City he wouldn’t renew, the two sides thrashed out an agreement that totalled around £15million.
However it has now come out that during those negotiations, Manchester City and Real Madrid agreed on a clause that meant the player could not be sold directly to Manchester United.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the deal was agreed to by Madrid who had no plans of letting the player go as they wanted to develop him and use him as a starter in the long-term. With the player now set to go on loan to Serie A side AC Milan, with the option to buy him at the end of the loan, the secret clause has come to light.
Diaz has accepted to join Milan on loan and if the deal is turned permanent by the Serie A side, Real Madrid will retain the option to buy him back at an already pre-determined price.
After coming through the Manchester City academy, Diaz was one of the cornerstones used by the hierarchy of the club to show there was a pathway from youth team to first team football. Pep Guardiola however used him rather sparingly in cup games and he decided to move back home to another top club for a crack at first-team football.
Since returning to Madrid he’s been used sparingly there too, with Zinedine Zidane preferring to use Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr, Asensio, Bale and Hazard in the wide positions.
With the loan deal now agreed, Diaz will line up alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic next season after the Swede signed a new one-year extension at the San Siro.
A player as talented as Brahim should be playing much more regularly than he has been in the last few years and it’s good to see that he is willing to move away from big sides in order to get that. His dribbling and creativity had him as one of the Premier League’s most promising young prospects but it is now time he delivers on that talent and turns it into actual performances.