According to latest reports, Real Madrid have seemingly beaten Barcelona for the signature of Brazilian sensation Rodrygo. The winger played for Santos and took his domestic league by storm after some captivating performances. The left winger plies his trade for Santos and at just 17, he went on to establish himself in the first eleven last season.
He made 15 appearances in all competitions and scored six goals and provided two assists. There were reports of Barcelona being interested in the player but their rivals have swooped over and wrapped up the deal according to latest reports. Real Madrid has reportedly got him for €45 m and that is certainly a huge sum for any 17-year-old.
However, if one witnesses him play it will be clear that why some of the top European clubs were after him. He reminisces Neymar in every aspect and has great pace and even has a bag of tricks up his sleeves. There were reports that Santos were reluctant in dealing with Barcelona again, as they hadn’t yet paid some of the add on value of the Neymar transfer. Santos president José Carlos Peres had confirmed that the Catalonian giants were interested in having him but indicated that they won’t deal with the current La Liga holders until the debt from the Neymar deal was paid in full.
Because of a sour relationship between the two clubs, it seems that Real Madrid have turned out to be real winners as they moved in swiftly to sign the young winger. Rodrygo will most likely be a future prospect for Los Blancos as he is still 17 and his game will still be raw and unpolished. However, he can slowly go on to imporve himself in the Real Madrid academy and one can see him turn out at Santiago Bernabeu regularly in the future.
Like all Brazilian, the Osasco born winger has a flair to his game and is adept at beating his defenders. He has good pace and is a handful down the left wing for his side. He will certainly not make the senior team straight away and will have to bide his time on the bench and reserve squad before he gets first team action at Santiago Bernabeu.
The Spanish giants are currently managerless and have bigger fish to fry by finding the right candidate for the top job at the Spanish capital. However, the signing of this youngster will certainly boost their options for the future and it remains to be seen whether the youngster will be able to deliver the goods at the top level.