Real Madrid have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Santos over the transfer of Rodrygo.
Rodrygo, 17, has been a revelation for Santos since making his debut at the age of 16 last season and has scored five goals in nine Brazilian league matches this season.
He had been linked to a number of big European clubs but Real have won the race for his signature in a deal that is reported to be worth €54 million.
Santos confirmed the final agreement and said the amount they were to receive from the transfer was the most ever received by any Latin American club.
O Santos Futebol Clube e o Real Madrid C.F. chegaram a um acordo para a transferência futura do atleta @RodrygoGoes. A ida do atleta ao clube espanhol está programada para julho de 2019.
— Santos Futebol Clube (@SantosFC) June 15, 2018
Real Madrid’s subsequent club statement said the deal would go through next summer — with FIFA not allowing transfers between international clubs for any player aged under 18.
“Real Madrid C. F. and Santos Futebol Clube have agreed that Rodrygo Goes will play his football at Real Madrid when he reaches the legal age requirement,” the La Liga side’s statement said. “Although the player would be able to play for our club as of January 2019, the agreement in place sets out that he will join the squad in July of that year.”
— #CHAMP13NS ?⚽️ (@realmadrid) June 15, 2018
He becomes the second Brazilian starlet to agree on a move to Real after Vinícius Júnior signed for them last summer.