​Real Madrid could be close to securing the services of one of Brazil's leading young talents in Santos' Rodrygo, after outbidding rivals ​Barcelona


Los Blancos are eager to continue littering their side with youth products after already tying up a deal for Flamengo striker Vinicius Junior, where Rodrygo is expected to be added to the fold imminently. 

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The 17-year-old forward, sometimes dubbed the new Neymar, has already broken into the Brazilian outfit's first team and scored five goals in his last nine league games, which included a hat-trick earlier this week.


According to ​Globo Esporte Real Madrid have outbid Barcelona in the race for Rodrygo, with the current Champions League holders understood to have tabled a €45m offer. While the report failed to state the details of Barcelona's proposal, it is being said the the Catalan giants are unwilling to enter an auction for the 17-year-old. 


Barcelona's pursuit, however, was further complicated by a strained relationship with Santos which stemmed from them failing to settle a debt pertaining to their purchase of Neymar, according to the club's president Bruno Peres in ​earlier reports

Rodrygo, much like Vinicius Junior, can only leave Brazil and join Real Madrid after turning 18-years-old, which falls on January 9, 2019. 


Although Real Madrid look likely to tie up a deal for the 17-year-old, Rodrygo did field questions about interest from Spain earlier this week. 


He said: "I do not know anything about that. If there is anything, the people who they should be dealing with are my father and my representatives.

"I have no preference [between Barcelona and Real Madrid]. They are two giants. My preference at the moment is Santos. I am fully focused on Santos, to continue doing my work here and at the moment, there is nothing else."