Reinier Jesus is no ordinary teenager.
While the average 17-year-old spends his Saturday’s downing Dark Fruits without a care in the world, the Flamengo wonderkid is dazzling scouts, skinning full-backs and earning comparisons with AC Milan legend and 2006 Ballon D’or winner Kaka.
Quite simply, Reinier is one of the most exciting young footballers in world football today. A skilful and elegant attacking midfielder who idolises Zinedine Zidane and has a £60 million release clause in his contract, as reported by Goal, he is already developing a reputation as an elite talent – even if he hasn’t even made his first-team debut yet.
So it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to suggest that Reinier would be one of the most eye-catching transfers Everton have ever made. Globo Esporte claims that The Toffees are willing to pay £36 million for a 17-year-old. Just let that sink in for a minute.
But Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands is one of the best talentspotters around and, affter unearthing Dries Mertens, Hirving Lozano and Gini Wijnaldum, Reinier could be the jewel in his crown.
Though this is not the first time this latest Samba starlet has been linked with a move to Merseyside.
Speaking on his official website in 2018, former Flamengo president Kleber Leite claimed that none other than Liverpool tried to tempt the Brazilian giants to sell their prized asset.
Liverpool missed out. But Flamengo know that Reinier’s future lies elsewhere. Everton might just be a safe stepping stone on a treacherous route to the very top.
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