Real Madrid have spent €45 million on Brazilian wonder kid Vinicius Junior, who had often been dubbed the ‘Next Neymar’ and was Los Blancos' most expensive signing this window, but reports suggest he will only play for the club’s B side.
So far, the Spanish giants spent €124.25 million (R2 billion) and their biggest outlay was for Vinicus Junior, whose transfer from Flamengo was already announced last season.
The 18-year-old is to date the only offensive reinforcement Real have done this window, despite losing club record scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.
Latest reports by Jugones suggest, the 18-year-old, who has often been compared to Neymar in his home country, will train with the first team but play most of the season with Castilla – Real’s B-side.
Vinicuis took part in the club’s pre-season tour to the United States but was not able to convince new coach Julen Lopetegui enough to stay a full-term member of the first team.
According to the report, Real’s bosses decided that the Brazilian will mainly play with the second team to gain playing experience, but Lopetegui having the option to call him up to the first side whenever he feels like.
For now, it seems Lopetegui trusts his first-team stars Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio to fill the gap left by Ronaldo, while Lucas Vazquez and Borja Mayoral are the current attacking options off the bench.
Real, though, are reportedly still in the market for a new striker and ex-Liverpool forward Iago Aspas, now in the services of Celta Vigo, has been closely linked with the club.
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