Real Madrid are reportedly contemplating offering Brahim Diaz as a makeweight in a deal to land Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham.
The Bundesliga heavyweights have pinned a substantial €150 million price tag on their prized asset in anticipation of a transfer tug-of-war in the summer, with Madrid apparently at the head of the queue.
According to SER Deportivos, via AS, Los Merengues are ready to sweeten the deal by including the 23-year-old Spaniard in their proposal, hoping to drive the price down.
The soon-to-be-former La Liga champions believe Diaz could be an attractive counterpart in a deal to bring Bellingham to Spain, even though the playmaker is currently on loan at AC Milan.
Having failed to establish himself at the Santiago Bernabeu after joining the club from Manchester City in 2018, the diminutive forward switched to the San Siro on loan in 2020.
After a decent first season in Serie A, the Rossoneri triggered an option to extend Diaz’s temporary stay to another two years, which paid off massively.
He was one of Stefano Pioli’s standout performers in the triumphant 2021/22 season, while he’s helped the club reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in over a decade this term.
Milan would like to sign Diaz permanently in the summer, but they’d likely need to flex their financial muscle to convince Madrid to sanction the move.
Given the club’s financial wobble, the Spaniard may have to head back to his country, only to be sold on, or in this case, offered as part of an arrangement to take Bellingham to La Liga.
The highly-rated midfielder is likely to bid farewell to Dortmund at the end of the season after becoming one of the most in-demand young prospects in European football.
In addition to Madrid, Man City and Manchester United are keen to lure the England international back to his homeland after spending three years abroad.
With Liverpool pulling out of the race to land Bellingham, Madrid may have a clear path to the Englishman’s signature unless the Manchester clubs decide to step up their effort.