Man City Include Strange United Clause In Brahim Diaz’s Real Madrid Deal

General view of the corner flag inside the stadium before the match.

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A few years ago, Manchester City poured a lot of money into their youth academy, as they looked to grow talent on their own turf. The Cityzens managed to assemble some of the best coaches, and were successful in grooming players with excellent abilities.

But they have failed in doing one thing. While every player expects to play at the top level after working hard to move up the ranks, Pep Guardiola has failed to integrate the academy graduates into his philosophy.

The Spaniard still chooses to bring in established players from the market, which has allowed clubs around Europe to make a move for some of their top talents in recent transfer windows.

Once again, Manchester City are on the verge of losing another youth product in the form of Brahim Diaz. The 19-year-old has managed to make only 14 appearances since graduating from the Elite Development squad, whereas his teammate Phil Foden has got 25 games under his belt in the same period.

According to a report in The Telegraph, Real Madrid have agreed to pay an initial fee of £15.5 million, and the deal could rise upto to £22 million depending on his performance with Los Blancos.

The report added that Manchester City have managed to slip in an interesting sell-on clause which directly affects their rivals.

The Cityzens will receive 15% when Real Madrid decide to sell the player in the future, but the amount will rise to 40% if a Manchester-based club is to make a move for him.

Quite clever from Manchester City, as they are aware that Brahim Diaz has the ability to become a world-class player. This one-of-a-kind sell-on clause means Manchester United have virtually no chance of landing the Spaniard in the near future.