Real Madrid are plotting ways to land one or both of their marquee targets this summer, Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, and one way is to raise €60 million by letting Vinicius Junior leave.
The 20-year-old arrived at the Bernabeu for €45m from Flamengo in 2017, but four years on he continues to split opinion in the Spanish capital. He has scored just four goals in 33 appearances this season.
Madrid were convinced they’d landed the next Neymar when they signed Vinicius, and yet while he boasts electric speed and technical qualities, he’s not quite had the impact it was hoped he would.
The report also claims that Eden Hazard and Raphael Varane could be allowed to leave by manager Zinedine Zidane, with the combined fees to sign both Mbappe and Haaland likely in excess of £200m. Hazard has made just six starts this season in La Liga after joining from Chelsea in 2019, while Varane has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu to Manchester United in the summer.
Madrid will face plenty of competition for the signature of Haaland and Mbappe, but they will need to streamline their squad first to even be in a position to bid for both.