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Real Madrid snap up ‘next Neymar’

/ 02:15 PM May 24, 2017
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 in Rancagua, some 90 km south of Santiago de Chile on March 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTI

Real Madrid have agreed a deal reportedly worth up to 40 million euros 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.

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“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.”

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

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