As per a report from Brazilian outlet Globoesporte, Real Madrid are leading the race to secure the signature of in-demand Flamengo teenager Reinier Jesus.
Reinier, a 17-year-old attacking midfielder, is widely-regarded as one of the finest young talents to emerge from Brazil over the course of the last decade.
The starlet possesses a whole rake of attacking gifts, combining perfect touch, technique, vision, ability to split opposing defences at will and crucially, a keen eye for goal.
He has even been described as a cross between Zinedine Zidane and Kaka by some in Brazil.
As such, after dazzling for both Flamengo and the Selecao at youth level over the last couple of campaigns, Reinier was subsequently introduced to Flamengo’s first-team ranks early last year.
And, despite his tender years, the teen subsequently took to senior football like a duck to water.
The 2019 campaign, which finished up last month, saw Reinier directly contribute to 8 goals across 15 appearances, as Flamengo secured a historic Brasileiro and Copa Libertadores double.
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As such, it has since come as little surprise to see Reinier heavily-linked with a move to Europe.
The Daily Mail previously suggested that English heavyweights Manchester City and Liverpool were set to battle it out for the midfielder’s signature:
Manchester City and Liverpool set for battle to sign 17-year-old Flamengo midfielder Reinier https://t.co/4tsc0OTpml
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) July 22, 2019
Everton, meanwhile, have also been named as keen suitors.
But, as per the aforementioned update courtesy of reliable Brazilian outlet Globoesporte, Reiner now looks to be inching towards a move to Spain.
Real Madrid have reportedly taken the lead in the race for the midfielder’s signature, with a January deal, worth a fee in the region of €30 million, looking likely.
Reinier turns 18 on the 19th, from which date he would be free to make the move to the Bernabeu.
Such a transfer would see the highly sought-after starlet follow in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.