Real Madrid lead Barcelona in the race to sign Flamengo starlet Vinicius Junior, according to Marca.
The 16-year-old has been tipped to be Neymar’s long-term successor and Los Blancos are plotting a €49million move to ensure he’s playing at the Bernabeu during the 2018/19 campaign
Since last January, European clubs have been fighting for his signature, but GloboEsporte reported on Saturday – and now Marca confirms – that Los Blancos have stolen a march on all of their rivals.
Vinicius Junior joined Rio-based Flamengo in 2010. He rose through the ranks with impressive performances in the Under-13 side. Earlier this year, he led the national to victory in the South American Under-17 Championship. He emerged as the tournament’s best player and was also the top scorer.