​Barcelona are closing in on the signing of 16-year-old sensation, Vinicius Junior, who is being referred to as the 'next Neymar', according to Spanish news outlet ​Diario AS.

The Brazil Under-17 international has already made such a name for himself at Flamengo that he is said to be worth somewhere in the region of €30m, prompting Barcelona to get in early to secure the services of the forward. Here's a snippet of what he is capable of:

Due to his age, this deal is a difficult one for the Spanish giants - especially considering their recent ban for the way in which they have signed players under the age of 18 in the past. This seems to be an issue amongst a lot of Spanish clubs, with both Atletico and Real Madrid both receiving transfer bans for a similar offence.

As such, the Catalan club are handling the deal with extreme caution and understand that they cannot legally sign the player until he turns 18 in 2019.

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Making things even more difficult for Barca is the fact that Vinicius' contract with Flamengo runs out in 2019, meaning that he would ordinarily be available for free if he does not sign a new deal.

Whilst the Brazilian club are seemingly resigned to losing the starlet, they do not intend to do so for free and are currently in the process of trying to find a way to agree a fee with Barcelona and finalising a deal for the forward without actually confirming the sale and breaking the law.

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The La Liga side are instead doing everything within their legal power to ensure that they are the chosen destination for the Brazilian when he becomes available, using Neymar to encourage the striker to make the move.