Real Madrid are readying an onslaught to get their hands on another Brazilian prodigy, the player in question this time being Flamengo star Reinier Jesus.
If the report from The Sun is to be believed, Real Madrid are not done with their Samba shopping list. Flamengo teenage prodigy Reinier Jesus is the latest on their shortlist, with Los Blancos ready to launch a massive £60.5 million bid to land the attacking midfielder ahead of other suitors.
It looks like the next Brazilian Jesus is ready for take-off and a European landing. Gabriel Jesus rose from the shadows and is now plying his trade for Manchester City. Reinier Jesus will hope to follow in the footsteps of recent exports like the Manchester City star and Vinicius Junior, who has locked down a regular place in the first-team at Real Madrid in his maiden season, at the age of 18.
Interestingly, Reinier Jesus is yet to make a single senior appearance for Flamengo and has yet attracted interest from top clubs in Europe, including Liverpool and Real Madrid. The 17-year-old and his suitors though, will have to bide their time as FIFA rules do not allow South American players to move to Europe before they are 18.
Reinier will turn 18 in January, but Real Madrid are eager to get business done as early as possible. Los Blancos brought in Vinicius Jr. for a handsome £39.6 million but the report states that, should Real were to activate Reinier’s buyout, the fee, which is reported to stand at £60.5 million, will eclipse it.
Flamengo are unlikely to be interested in any negotiations and will play the waiting game to see if any club dares to go near or activate the massive release clause.
Real Madrid could use the Vinicius Jr. example and eye Reinier not just as an addition for the future but for the present as well. Isco has been in and out of the team while the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have not exactly been at their best this season so far.
Real Madrid are preparing to smash their club record for a teenager to land Brazilian whizkid Reinier Jesus from Flamengo in a £60.5m deal.
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Reinier could act as a backup for the senior team and learn the craft from the aforementioned geniuses, should they still be there at Real Madrid when he joins. The top European clubs are starting to take note of the fact that the current batch of Latin American wonderkids are more ready for European football than before, as evidenced in the case of Vinicius Jr., Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison.
Will the 17-year-old Flamengo academy ace be the next in line to score a big European move?