La Liga: Real Madrid sign vinicius junior heralded as 'next Neymar' for €40 million

Madrid: Real Madrid have agreed a deal reportedly worth up to €40 million to sign teenage Brazilian prodigy Vinicius Junior from Flamengo once he turns 18, the Spanish champions said on Tuesday.

The 16-year-old forward has drawn comparisons to Barcelona star Neymar after shining at the under-17 South American Championships, with Barcelona, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain also reportedly showing interest.

Brazil´s Vinicius Junior poses with the best player trophy in the South American U-17 football tournament in Rancagua, some 90 km south of Santiago de Chile on March 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTI

Brazil´s Vinicius Junior poses with the best player trophy in the South American U-17 football tournament. AFP

"Real Madrid and Flamengo have reached an agreement regarding the transfer of... Vinicius Junior from July 2018," the La Liga club said in a statement.

"The player will remain at his current club until July 2019, although he will be able to play for Real Madrid before then if both clubs agree to it."

Real gave no details of the transfer fee, but reports in the Spanish press claim the deal could be worth up to €40 million ($45 million).


Updated Date: May 24, 2017 17:53 PM

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