Real Madrid have beaten a host of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Man City, to the signing of Brazilian defender Vinicius Tobias from Shakhtar Donetsk
The 18-year-old right-back has opted to leave Ukraine, taking advantage of Fifa and Uefa rules that enable international players to transfer temporarily.
Despite the fact that over seas players living in Ukraine and Russia are free to depart, the Premier League has said that such transfers would not be sanctioned.
Real Madrid have jumped in to arrange conditions for Tobias to join them on loan until the summer, ahead of a potential permanent five-year contract, which has been agreed in principle.
Tobias, who joined Shakhtar from Internacional in January, will first train with Real’s B team but will also spend time with the main side.
Arsenal and Manchester City were both interested in the child, but they dropped out as it became evident that the Premier League would not allow the transfer.
It’s a similar circumstance to when Southampton missed out on Brazilian Tete to Lyon because they were permitted to sign him now rather than wait until the summer.