El Clasico: FC Barcelona 'betrayed' by Vinicius Jr agents before eventual Real Madrid transfer
Posted: 6 February 2019 Time: 14:30
Real Madrid wonderkid Vinicius Jr looks set to playing a starring role tonight in his first Clasico against a side he could well have represented had it not been for the reported 'betrayal' of his representatives.
Vinicius, 18, has emerged as a member of the Real starting XI under manager Santiago Solari over the last month due to his explosive performances during a difficult run of form for the LaLiga giants.
With his inspiring attacking displays on the left wing since the departure of club-record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo, fans and media alike have dubbed him as the future of Los Blancos.
It's been claimed in Brazilian media that a show strong showing against the Blaugrana tonight in the semi-final of the Copa del Rey will earn him a senior national team call-up and this meteoric rise will no doubt irk the Catalan giants.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the teenager was lined up by Barca but were blindsided by his agents and Real President Florentino Perez.
André Cury, the advisor to Barcelona, who played a key role in Neymar joining the club from Santos kept a close watch on the attacker for three years and when he was eligible to sign a professional contract, Sporting Director Pep Segura travelled to Brazil on several occasions to explain the club's plans for him.
In April 2017, Vinícius' parents and his uncle were in attendance to watch a Blaugrana fixture and prior to their visit, they had agreed a €30m (R460m) deal for the promising talent to arrive at the Camp Nou.
During their time in Spain, the player's agents Federico Pena and Estéfano Ávila made a quick trip to Madrid and after returning to Barcelona, the representatives verbally agreed a deal with Barca’s then director Raül Sanllehí for Vinícius and the latter returned to South America.
After returning to Brazil, Pena called Cury to explain that Los Blancos are interested in his client, which resulted in maximum tension between the two.
The leaders of the Champions League winners made a trip to Rio de Janeiro after which Vinícius signed a new contract at Flamengo, where his release clause went up from €30m (R460m) to €45m (R690m).
Florentino Pérez was willing to pay the additional €15m (R230m) so that he didn't end up losing another talent to Barcelona as he did with Neymar.
The report further stated that the entire operation cost Real Madrid €61m (R935m) because they had to pay €8m (R122m) commission to the agents and €8m as a signing on bonus for Vinícius - double the initial agreement Barca had with Flamengo.