Real Madrid Winger Is On PSG’s Radar: Why Zidane Cannot Afford To Sanction His Exit

Real Madrid winger Vinicius is on Paris Saint-Germain's radar (Vinicius Junior is in action in the photo)
Leganes' Greek midfielder Dimitris Siovas (L) and Leganes' Spanish defender Unai Bustinza (R) challenge Real Madrid's Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior during the Spanish league football match Club Deportivo Leganes SAD against Real Madrid CF at the Estadio Municipal Butarque in Leganes on July 19, 2020. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

According to a recent report by Marca, Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior is on Paris Saint-Germain’s radar this summer. The same source has also claimed that the Brazilian youngster is increasingly frustrated for not being used in the second leg loss versus Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League last 16 which could open the door for him to part ways with Los Blancos in this off-season.

Vinicius’ Incredible Rise At The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Last Season

The 20-year-old managed to establish himself as a useful squad player in Zinedine Zidane’s match-day squad over the past 12 months. He registered five goals and four assists in 38 matches for the Madrid giants last season across all fronts which showcase his growing influence at the Spanish capital.

Vinicius has done well to average 1.2 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. He has also been tidy with his ball-distribution after completing 80.7% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

The Real Madrid whizkid had made one senior appearance for the Brazilian national team when he came on as a substitute in an international friendly versus Peru back in September last year. As long as Vinicius can ensure regular playing time at the highest level next season, he will have a decent shot of earning a few more caps for Tite’s Brazil team in the coming years.

Real Madrid winger Vinicius is on Paris Saint-Germain's radar (Vinicius Junior is seen in the picture)
Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid is challenged by Ander Capa of Athletic Club during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid CF at San Mames Stadium on July 05, 2020, in Bilbao, Spain. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

What Does The Brazilian Starlet Add To Zinedine Zidane’s Side?

Vinicius can use his electric pace and agility to make some darting runs with the ball in the attacking third of the pitch. He excels at completing a few dangerous dribbles in the opposition half and doesn’t mind working hard to cover a lot of ground for the benefit of his team. The Brazilian sensation has proven himself at the highest level by scoring his fair share of goals from the wide areas. He has also got the intelligence to pick out a decisive pass inside the opposition penalty box.

Why Los Blancos Cannot Afford To Sanction Vinicius’ Exit This Summer

The former Flamengo wide player is a gifted footballer who has the potential to become a top talent in the future. Therefore, it makes no sense for Los Blancos to entertain the possibility of selling him this summer. Unless Zidane can get his hands of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe in return, he shouldn’t consider any potential offers from PSG during this summer transfer period.

The Spanish champions will be better off retaining Vinicius’ services for the long-run as he has what it takes to become a household name at the Spanish capital someday. However, for that to happen, Zidane would need to be patient with his development. With all things considered, the Madrid outfit should try and keep the player happy so that they can reap the dividends of having him in the long-run.

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