Santos have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Real Madrid for the sale of 17-year-old Rodrygo Goes. It will be the “highest fee ever received” by a club in Latin America.
Real Madrid set the record for the highest transfer fee for a teenager only last summer, when they signed Vinicius Junior from Flamengo. The transfer fee for him has not yet been revealed to the public.
Signing exciting youngsters from around the world is not something the Galacticos are new at. In November 2014, they signed 18-year-old Marco Asensio from Mallorca for the paltry sum of €4 million.
In January the same year, they also signed promising Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, though he turned out to be more of a bust than the Spaniard.
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Rodrygo will move to Madrid next year, after he turns 18. The transfer fee, as reported by The Sun, is around €45 million. The forward will play out a 7-year contract with Real. So far, in 9 senior appearances for Santos, he has scored 5 times.
In the past, Real have picked up talented Brazilian midfielders at a young age as well. The likes of Casemiro and Lucas Silva moved to the club at youngsters, and have had varying degrees of success at the Bernabeu.
Real also have a transfer bid lined up for incumbent Brazilian no. 1 Allison, according to various sources in the media. Should it materialize, this would increase the already prominent Portuguese-Brazilian flavour in their squad.
While the talent and footballing ability of the kid is abundantly clear, Rodrygo’s biggest challenge would be to adapt to the constant media scrutiny that comes with playing for the world’s best football club.
One would hope that he makes the best of this opportunity, and transforms into a player who flowers to his full potential.