Both clubs hope to be able to land the wonderkid.
Premier League giants Manchester City and Spanish champions FC Barcelona are set to go head to head in the battle to win the signature of Malaga prodigy Brahim, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The Catalan club have already launched one bid for the 14-year-old that was rejected out of hand by his club last year, however, in a further attempt to persuade the player and his family to make the move to Camp Nou, Brahim has even been introduced to Barca stars such as Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Anders Iniesta.
Brahim, whose full name is Brahim Abdelkader Diaz, is represented by agent Pere Guardiola, the brother of former Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola, with Pere having been involved in the negotiations in 2012 when the Liga champions lodged an offer believed to be worth £2.5 million for the youngster.
And it is understood that the Spanish giants believe that Brahim is so talented that they even feel he could playing in their first team by the age of 16, which explains their recent attempts to lure the player to Catalonia, with the club said to now be shortly preparing a second improved bid for Brahim.
However City have also been scouting Brahim since 2011 and are also believed to be extremely confident of being able to convince both Malaga, as well as Brahim and his family, to move to Eastlands, especially given manager Manuel Pellegrini’s former close ties with the Spanish club.