Real Madrid have seen off competition from Barcelona in the race for Brazilian star Vinicius Jr, according to reports. The Flamengo forward has been attracting interest from both Spanish clubs in recent months and was recently said to have opened talks with Barcelona.
But Brazilian publication GloboEsporte claim Madrid have now reached an agreement for the 16-year-old to move to the Bernabeu. They say Madrid offered £38m to Flamengo to secure his transfer next year that has left Barca out in the cold.
The Catalan giants tabled a bid of around £21m but Madrid chief Florentino Perez isn’t afraid to splash the cash to secure the highly-rated teenager. Despite Brazilian compatriot Neymar being at Barca, GloboEsporte claim Vinicius Jr has chosen to join Madrid. Both parties have now reached an agreement, although they have not yet signed the contracts.
Despite being 16, the youngster has already showcased his immense talent to audiences throughout Brazil during the famed Copinha (Brazil’s biggest & most prestigious u20 youth tournament).
Setting the world alight even more, Vinicius led the Brazil’s U17 side to Copa America glory, registering 7 goals and 3 assists in 8 games, picking up both ‘Best Player’ & ‘Top Goalscorer’ awards in the process.
A prominent figure throughout Brazil youth set-ups in recent years, his remarkable talent has been on display for some time, with his runner-up finish in the 2015 Copa America U15 Golden Boot.
However, it has not been until recently that the masses have started to take notice of the 16-year-old. The last 6 months has seen the player’s fame rise astronomically, something his continuing exceptional performances have only warranted, with the 16-year-old already being tipped by many as the heir to the Brazilian footballing throne.
Playing primarily from the left-hand side, but with the ability to operate anywhere along a forward line, Vinicius Jr’s talent is unquestionable.
The youngster possesses a frightening combination of pace, power and supreme technical ability. Capable of the outrageous, remarkable in tight spaces, and with an astute passing range to boot, it’s hard not to describe the Flamengo boy as the complete footballer.
Whether it be at U17 or U20 level, the 16-year-old has continually stood out, despite often being younger, as levels above his peers. Despite his tender age, it shouldn’t be too long before he makes his long-awaited professional debut.
The player’s recent endeavours haven’t come without interest from the European elite and heavy speculation as to where the boy from Brazil’s future lies.