Real Madrid ‘rejected Arsenal’s attempts’ to sign €46m Brazilian

Date published: Thursday 5th September 2019 11:32

Vinicius Junior Real Madrid

Arsenal reportedly made an attempt to sign Real Madrid youngster Vinicius Junior during the summer transfer window.

Brazilian outlet UOL report that Arsenal’s new technical director Edu made an attempt to sign his countryman, but Real Madrid refused.

Edu enquired about the Brazilian’s availability, but was told the 19-year-old forward was not for sale.

Whether or not Real pointed Edu towards Dani Ceballos is unclear, but the Spaniard arrived along with David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and club-record signing Nicolas Pepe to bolster the Gunners’ ranks.

Vinicius was reported to have been offered as a potential makeweight in a deal for Neymar, with Marca claiming that PSG wanted cash plus Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior for the former Barcelona star.

Madrid though were not willing to let Vinicius go just one year after he joined from Flamengo for €46m.

The player was also linked with Manchester United to be used, again, as a makeweight in the proposed sale of Paul Pogba.

Vinicius has made one start and two sub appearances for Real this season, and recently spoke of the difficulty of breaking into Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Zidane said: “The beginning of the season is also a bit difficult. New players always are tested and Real Madrid now have plenty of players.

“We are playing more and Zidane always talks to all the players, he gives opportunities to all of us at the beginning, so that we can have a good season.”

 

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