Vinícius Júnior will finally complete his long-awaited move from Flamengo to Real Madrid this summer, after the Spanish giants were forced to wait for the Brazilian winger turn 18 before they could welcome him into their ranks.
Júnior's move to the Spanish capital, which is set to cost Los Blancos an estimated €45m, has already been completed but his age is the only thing stopping the 17-year-old from moving to Santiago Bernabéu.
GLOBOESPORTE with a mind-boggling stat:— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) February 23, 2018
Real Madrid-owned Vinícius Júnior has scored 8 goals in his first 1380 minutes for Flamengo in pro football, that's more than Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Neymar JR did in their first 1500 minutes. pic.twitter.com/pKlZ0nBOYn
It has been reported by Marca that Real Madrid's directors and coaches are already planning to have Júnior in their squad over the summer.
However, there is still some uncertainty over his future, with the club's hierarchy seemingly split over a decision whether to keep or loan Júnior out next season.
The Brazil U17 international could be given the opportunity to impress in Madrid's first team next year, if he impresses during pre-season.
Alternatively, Júnior could follow in the footsteps of Martin Ødegaard and spend some time away from the Bernabéu to get some top-flight experience.
The Norway international has spent this season in the Eredivisie to gain valuable playing time, making 20 appearances with mid-table side SC Heerenveen.
The 19-year-old winger, who was once dubbed the 'Norweigan Messi', could even see his place in the Spanish capital come under threat when Júnior arrives at the club and could look to kick-start his career elsewhere.