Real snap up ‘next Ney­mar’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MADRID: Real Madrid have reached an agree­ment with Brazil­ian side Fla­mengo to sign 16-year old for­ward Vini­cius Ju­nior in July 2018, the two clubs an­nounced on Tues­day.

“Real Madrid and Fla­mengo have reached a deal for the trans­fer of Vini­cius Ju­nior from July 2018,” a state­ment pub­lished on the Fla­mengo site said.

Madrid said the pacy striker will re­main at Fla­mengo un­til July 2019 un­less both sides agree he can move ear­lier.

Al­though the clubs did not say how long his con­tract was for or how much the fee was, re­ports in Spain sug­gest Madrid would shell out around €46 mil­lion (RM231.5 mil­lion), which would make him the sec­ond most ex­pen­sive sign­ing from the Brazil­ian league.

The most costly is Barcelona star Ney­mar, who moved from San­tos in 2013 for an es­ti­mated €86 mil­lion and is a player Vini­cius has been likened to by the me­dia.

Vini­cius, who will turn 17 in July, only made his first-team de­but for the Rio club 10 days ago but his de­ci­sive per­for­mances for Brazil’s Un­der-17 side sin­gled him out as one of the game’s hottest prospects.

The for­ward lifted the top goalscorer and player of the tour­na­ment awards in March when he helped Brazil to their 12th South Amer­i­can Un­der-17s ti­tle.

He is ex­pected to lead Brazil in In­dia in Oc­to­ber at the Un­der-17 World Cup. Reuters

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Vini­cius Ju­nior has drawn com­par­isons to Barcelona star Ney­mar af­ter shin­ing at the South Amer­i­can Un­der-17 tour­na­ment.

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