At the time, Elite teams that appeared risky have now become the usual. When Real Madrid paid €45 million to recruit a 16-year-old Brazilian. Who had never featured in a senior match for his club, it was hardly believable in 2017. It seems like a fantastic transfer of business in retrospect. One of the most dangerous offensive players on the globe, Vinicius Junior’s goal last season sealed the Champions League final.
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The transaction appeared unusual six years ago since it was the club’s frantic attempt to. Avoid losing out on another Brazilian with outstanding potential after. Neymar signed with rival Barcelona for €86.2 million a few years previously.
However, deals of this nature are becoming increasingly typical. Before Gabriel Martinelli ever made it to the Brazilian first division in 2019. He was purchased by Elite teams Arsenal for €8 million from Ituano, a minor club outside of Sao Paulo. When Real Madrid acquired another 16-year-old, Endrick, from Palmeiras last month for a total of €72 million. Hardly a single eyebrow was raised.
Why Elite teams are doing this
The top European teams are now eager to recruit South American players as soon as possible, indicating that they are willing to take a chance on potential alone. With the €20 million acquisition of 18-year-old Vasco do Gama midfielder Andrey Santos, Chelsea are now traveling this path. Santos is a well-built box-to-box midfielder who, although being a less flashy player than Vinicius or Martinelli. Has had a harder time adjusting to European football than wide forwards. The teams are required by law to wait until the young players reach 18 before bringing them over, but the general perception is that the sooner they arrive, the better. This is a major factor in the signing of the kids so early.
Santos may clearly be compared to Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa as a model. They both played the same position and shared comparable traits. and they both became well-known for aiding Vasco in gaining promotion to Brazil’s top division. Luiz played a few games in the top league before being contacted by European clubs, but Santos is proceeding directly from the just finished.
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