Real Madrid’s quest to build the world’s finest youth side continues, with the signing of Brazilian wonderkid Rodrigo Antonio Rodrigues.
The Gremio midfielder – who was one of the stars of the Under-17 Club World Cup tournament in Madrid – is said to be very close to completing a deal with the Spanish giants, according to Madrid-based outlet Marca.
Gremio have agreed to let the 17-year-old fly to the Spanish capital this week to complete his medical and see the club’s world famous Valdebebas training complex, before returning to Brazil.
Much like Madrid’s deal with Vinicius Jr, Rodrigo won’t be able to properly join the club until he’s 18 years of age, so will continue his development at his hometown club.
Rodrigo will then link up his compatriots Augusto Galvan and Vinicius in the club’s Castilla B team.
The deal is seen as part of the club’s ongoing strategy to unearth the game’s brightest young talents ahead of their rivals, with market value for youngsters exploding in recent years.
Madrid recently forked out £38million to secure the highly-rated Vinicius, who’s considered one of the biggest South American prospects since Neymar.
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