Transfers

Real Madrid sign 17-year-old Brazilian prospect Rodrigo

The summer transfer window may have ended, but

Real Madrid are still working to bring the best players in the world to the club and are just hours away from completing a deal to sign 17-year-old Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Antonio Rodrigues from Gremio Novorizontino.

Once he has been shown around Valdebebas and has passed a medical, the agreement will be finalised, although he won’t come to Madrid until next season when he is 18 years of age, as has been the case with Vinicius Jr.

There should be no hiccups as a complete agreement has been reached between the two clubs and his current team gave him the thumbs-up to travel to Spain and to finalise the deal.

When he does move to the Spanish capital, Rodrigo will link up his compatriots Augusto Galvan and Vinicius in the youth ranks of Real Madrid, representing the Castilla B team.

This all feeds into a clear strategy to unearth the football diamonds before their market value explodes, as seen with Monaco’s recent sale of Kylian Mbappe.

Los Blancos’ scouts spotted Rodrigo’s talent during an Under-17 Club World Cup tournament in the Spanish capital, where the youngster participated after reaching a month-long loan deal with Palmeiras.

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