AC Milan want to sign Real Madrid forward Brahim Diaz, the 21-year-old having made a positive impact on his loan spell with the Serie A side.
Goal may reveal that the Milanese bosses want to make the loan permanent and, although they have no option to buy, they want to discuss a move with Madrid.
While Brahim has always wanted to be successful at the Bernabeu, Madrid will now consider whether to keep him beyond the end of the 2020-21 campaign or sell for what would be a significant amount amid the coronavirus crisis.
How did Brahim Diaz play in Milan?
Following his loan transfer to Milan in September 2020, Brahim immediately sprang to life in Italy and became an important member of Stefano Pioli’s first team.
He has made 25 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals and providing two assists, despite missing Milan’s last two games with injury.
While not as influential as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Hakan Calhanoglu or Rafael Leao, Brahim has always been heavily involved and has 17 completed Serie A dribbles – a significant number considering he only played 700 minutes.
Why did Madrid loan it?
Brahim joined Madrid from Manchester City in January 2019, although he was only used sparingly in his first two seasons at the club, making a total of 21 appearances.
Zinedine Zidane’s side already benefiting from an attack including Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, the decision has been made to loan Brahim for the 2020-21 campaign.
The plan was to ensure the Spaniard had more exposure to first-team football in one of Europe’s top leagues, with Milan proving to be a perfect fit.
Although having been temporarily moved out of Madrid, Brahim has previously claimed to have a good relationship with Zidane, recounting Movistar Plus in November 2020: “Zidane and I have a special and mutual affection. The relationship between him and me is very good. Now that I am in Milan, we have less contact, but every now and then I get a message from him.”
After that ?
Milan have informed Brahim’s family that they want to make a permanent deal for him, with Madrid likely considering a sale for around € 30million (£ 26million / $ 36million).
The forward’s progress in Italy has not gone unnoticed in the Spanish capital, although very few in the Madrid squad are considered essential to their plans, the finances on offer may strain the Spanish club’s hand.
There’s also Zidane’s future, which remains uncertain, and any potential replacement for the Frenchman will have their own ideas and might not see fit to keep Brahim.
For now, however, there won’t be any significant move on transfers, with a decision not expected to be made until at least March.
Brahim, for his part, will likely be part of the Spanish squad for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where he will try to convince his employers that he is good enough to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
If the decision were made to move him, the former Manchester City striker, who is under contract with Madrid until 2025, would be drawn to the idea of extending his stay in Milan.