According to journalist Vene Casagrande (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Real Madrid will have to pay €60 million to sign Flamengo’s Joao Gomes.
Despite signing Aurelien Tchouameni to replace Casemiro, the Merengues are reportedly interested in signing Flamengo striker Gomes, though they will face competition from Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen, among others.
The 21-year-old rose through Flamengo’s youth ranks to become a first-team regular, having made over 100 appearances in which he has three goals and three assists.
Joao Gomes has thrived in the No. 6 role and has managed to attract the interest of several heavy hitters from across Europe. But, signing him will be an ordeal for his suitors, including Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old is contracted with the Brazilian outfit until the summer of 2025. And as per the report, the contract consists of a mammoth €60 million release clause.
And, it is claimed that Flamengo has no intentions of negotiating a lower fee for the midfielder, meaning that clubs will have to pay the full €60 million amount in order to sign Gomes.
Real Madrid, for their part, is said to be willing to pay up to €40 million for the young midfield prospect. However, with Flamengo unlikely to accept anything less than the buyout clause, it remains to be seen whether Los Blancos are willing to pay the required sum.
The Spanish capital club has previously spent big money on players like Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes, and Reinier Jesus. It will be interesting to see if they do the same for Joao Gomes in order to beat Liverpool to his signing.