Arsenal lose £24m Brazilian starlet Reinier transfer to Real Madrid but Flamengo boss Jesus claims club have been robbed – The Sun
REAL MADRID have reportedly won the race to sign Brazilian wonderkid Reinier.
AS claims the Flamengo teenager will sign a six-and-a-half year contract on his 18th birthday later this month after Real agreed a £24million fee with the Club World Cup runners-up.
Reinier is rated as one of the most promising youngsters in world football after scoring six goals in just 15 games this year.
And Real have won the race for his signature despite fierce competition from Arsenal.
The Gunners had reportedly been in contact with Reinier’s father less than two months ago over a move to the Emirates.
But SunSport told you in March that Real were leading the race for the attacking midfielder’s signature.
And a switch to the Bernabeu has now been agreed, with the deal set to be made official on January 19.
Reinier will immediately move to Spain and spend the rest of the season with Real’s Castilla B-team before Zinedine Zidane considers putting him in the senior squad for the 20/21 campaign.
The report adds that Reinier had also been in talks with Everton, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax before Real agreed to meet his £24m price-tag.
And there had been additional interest from Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid.
Reinier’s low transfer cost has come as a surprise to many due to the interest from some of world football’s elite clubs.
And Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus has criticised the club for not demanding a higher fee from Real.
He said: “You can’t sell Reinier for £24m. Flamengo still don’t know how to value their players.”
Jesus recently revealed he feels personally responsible for Reinier’s meteoric rise to the top while taking another swipe at Flamengo’s dealings, adding: “There are three players at Flamengo: one is 17, another 18 and the last 19.
“They have started some matches for the club. The youngest is sold to one of the biggest teams in Europe for a few millions euros.”
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