But, Real Madrid have prevailed in their bid to secure the services of the 19-year-old, although the transfer fee is yet unknown - different figures have been quoted in different sources.
This, however, changes if Diaz leaves for Manchester United, where City will receive 40% of the money Real receive.
Brahim is thought to be encouraged that he will get a chance at the Bernabeu with Madrid's willingness to pay a large fee and offer a six and a half year contract seen as commitment that he will be part of the club's first-team plans. A woman told the paper that the unidentified...
"Today I close a chapter of my life and I say goodbye to Manchester City, the club where I have grown", Diaz posted in a statement on social media.
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With Diaz's transfer set to go through, City must also decide on the futures of defender Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala, who are both out of contract at the end of June.
They are clearly wary that Diaz may grow to become a world superstar, and want to do anything possible to prevent him from moving to their city rivals.
"I'm arriving at the club I dreamed of playing for as a boy". I will give everything from the first day'.
He has made 14 senior appearances in two years since, but three of those were starts. The England under-21 worldwide 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.