Real Madrid were interested in signing Flamengo midfielder Reinier Jesus for a long time. The Spanish giants have been tracking the player’s progress at Flamengo since 2016.

Reinier Jesus turned 18th on 19th January and Real Madrid didn’t make any delay to trigger his release clause of around €30-35 million. They have signed him on a six-year deal. He will join Real Madrid immediately and will spend the rest of the season adapting and playing for Raul’s Castilla side.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder is widely regarded as one of the finest young talents to emerge from Brazil over the course of the last decade. He is one of the sought after talents in Europe with the likes of Manchester City, Juventus, Barcelona, Roma, Milan, Arsenal, and Everton among others.

The starlet possesses a whole range of attacking gifts, combining perfect touch, technique, vision, ability to split opposing defences at will and crucially, a keen eye for goal. He has even been described as a cross between Zinedine Zidane and Kaka by some in Brazil.

Reinier won the Copa Libertadores with Flamengo. He made 15 appearances this season – 8 from the start and 6 as a substitute, scoring 6 goals and assisting another 2.

One of the key factors in his desire to put on the Madrid shirt is his eagerness to share the dressing room with Vinicius Junior, who left Flamengo for the Bernabeu in the summer of 2018. He said earlier: “He’s [Vinicius] a top player and anyone would like to play alongside him.”

Reinier Jesus will now join the likes of other Brazilian talents present at Real Madrid – Marcelo, Casemiro, Vinicius Jr, Eder Militao and Rodrygo. During his time at Flamengo, he has played as a center attacking midfielder, a left-winger, and as a striker. So he can prove to be a very versatile player for Zidane.

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