The midfielder undergoes a medical in the Spanish capital on Monday and moves to the Bernabeu on a six-and-a-half-year deal. He will be presented to the Real Madrid faithful at 1.30pm at the Bernabeu.
However, the sale includes one of football’s more ‘interesting’ clauses. If Real sell the midfielder to Manchester United, the defending Premier League champions receive a whopping 40% of the fee! Any other sale entitles City to 15% of any future fee.
Although only 19, Diaz joining is being seen as a catalyst to Real’s stuttering domestic season. Los Merengues succumbed to a 2 – 0 defeat at home to Real Sociedad as La Liga returned from the winter break. It’s left them fifth and ten points behind current leaders Barcelona.
It’s a tall order for a player who left Malaga at 14 for the bright lights of English football. In his five years in the North-West, Diaz made just 15 appearances as City preferred to spend money on solving their problems; Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva all pushed the Malagueño further down the pecking order.