AC Milan are prepared to pay €22 million to complete the signing of midfield talent next summer.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Mundo Deportivo), AC Milan intends to sign Real Madrid loanee Brahim Diaz permanently in the summer but would prefer to do it at a lesser cost than the initial €22 million deal.
Diaz left Manchester City to join Real Madrid in January 2019, and after just 21 games and 18 months with the team, he was repeatedly loaned out to AC Milan.
The 23-year-old is really in his third season playing on loan at Milan. The Spanish attacking midfielder, who had previously spent the 2020–21 season at San Siro, rejoined the Rossoneri in 2021, this time for a two-year contract with a €22 million permanent purchase clause.
Diaz has flourished in Italy, where he has contributed significantly to Milan’s Serie A title win last season. In 13 Serie A games so far this season, he has four goals and an assist, which is a strong start.
Real Madrid is said to be open to the idea of bringing the Spaniard into their lineup for the upcoming campaign, although the aforementioned publication reports Los Blancos are not opposed to a sale.
For their side, AC Milan is reportedly eager to secure Diaz’s long-term services. They have been calculating the probability that they can exercise the €22 million permanent buy option, but they are having trouble.
Therefore, the Italian champions are trying to bargain with Real Madrid for a reduced price in order to acquire Diaz on a long-term basis.
The agreement between Milan and Madrid also included a provision that would permit the Merengues to re-sign Diaz for a sum of €27 million in addition to the €22 million buy option.
Diaz, on the other hand, is rumored to be open to returning to Real Madrid, but he would only do so if he felt there was room for him in Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team setup. All options are currently viable, and it is still unclear where the 23-year-old will play next season. The situation is delicately poised.