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Real Madrid set to make first signing under Lopetegui

Real Madrid look to add another young Brazillian to their ranks after signing Vinicius Junior from Flamengo last summer.

Spanish newspaper AS claim that Real Madrid are on the verge of securing South Amercian wonderkid Rodrygo from Brazillian giants, Santos, for a rumoured fee around €45m making him the first signing of the Julen Lopetegui era. It was reported that Juni Calafat, the club’s head of International Football department, and Paulo Henrique Xavier. the former Brazilian FA scout who joined the Spanish side from Manchester United, were present at the Estádio Urbano Caldeira when Santos hosted Sport Club Internacional.

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Los Blancos are keenly monitoring potential talents from the Amazons after losing Neymar to their rivals, Barcelona in 2013. The club was willing to stump out £39.6m to bring Vinicius Junior to the Santiago Bernabeu. Rodrygo has scored five goals in ten games for the Brazillian side and would not be eligible to move to Madrid till the beginning of 2019 when the player attains majority. He can play anywhere across the forward line but the preferred position seems to be on the left wing.

Brazillian media have come out with reports revealing the kid’s incredible earnings once he moves to Spain. The 17-year-old is set pocket an eye-watering four million euros annually, which is estimated to be around 333,000 euros a month. The figures don’t end there as the media outlets also claim that the signing on fee will be reaching 10 million euros although half of it will be given up at the end so that the European champions can pay off the final fee to his current club.

The youngster was not willing to give away anything when quizzed about a potential move last week saying “I do not have a preference between one club and another, they are two giants, my head is only in Santos” as Barcelona were also interested in his services and put forth a €15m bid.

Author’s take-

Real Madrid has always had an eye out of top Brazillian and other South American talent and wouldn’t want a repeat of the Neymar episode. Let’s hope that the Santos graduate doesn’t end up being like Martin Odegaard and Lopetegui has had his say on the imminent transfer.

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