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Real Madrid Agree €40m Fee For 17-Year-Old Brazilian Wonderkid

Real Madrid Agree €40m Fee For 17-Year-Old Brazilian Wonderkid
By Mikey Traynor Updated

Despite just turning 17 last month, the outstandingly named Flamengo winger Vinicius Junior, or to use his full name; Vinícius José Paixão de Oliveira Júnior, is reportedly set to move to Real Madrid for a fee believed to be in the region of €40 million according to reports in Brazil.

But wait, there's more. Staggeringly, he was born in the year 2000 (let that sink in for a second) and has never completed a full professional match.

Nonetheless, Real Madrid have decided to move to preempt any interest from rivals, as the kid is clearly talented. He was named player of the tournament in the South American U-17 Championships, scoring seven goals in the process, and Marca picked up on on a report suggeting a fee has been agreed, and that Vinicius Junior can move to the Spanish giants when he turns 18 if he opts to sign.

Real Madrid have reportedly closed a deal with Brazilian side Flamengo to sign 17-year-old sensation Vinicius Jr, a player who many have compared to Neymar Jr due to his ability to dribble past opponents.

According to GloboEsporte, Los Blancos have agreed a fee of around 40 million euros with the Rio de Janeiro club, trumping the release clause value of 30m euros which Barcelona were willing to pay. Yet the Camp Nou hierarchy and their Brazilian representative Andre Cury are not expected to simply sit back and watch.

It will be interesting to see if Barcelona are willing to take such an expensive risk.

With that said, it's time for the obligatory YouTube highlights. Unfortunately there is no video that best showcases his skills that is accompanied by reasonable music, so perhaps provide your own or mute it.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2y2BOnURj0

He's absolutely embarrasing fully grown men at 16, but there's a long way to go before he justifies the comparisons to Neymar, although the two will share the experience of being hyped to high-heaven before they reach 18.

Vinicius Junior, it turns out, has been tipped for the very top since U13 level at Flamengo as a potential star, so he's certainly a name to keep an eye out for.

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