The war begins between Barcelona and Real Madrid for Vinicius Jr

Both clubs are following him closely at the U17 South American championship

Barcelona have made contact with his people as they look to strike first blood

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As was expected, the battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona for Vinicius Jr has begun—and it could stretch until summer 2018, when the Flamengo hot prospect turns 18 and  can be signed by one of the big European sides. 

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For the moment, the technical secretaries of the strongest clubs have, as is usual, their scouts at the Sub 17 South American championship, where Vinicius is playing.

Barcelona and Madrid have monitored the youngster for a while at youth level, while the Blaugrana have taken some discreet steps to contact his people. 

Currently 16 years old, he already he has a professional contract as well as a release fee clause of 30 million euros. 

Some speak of a new Neymar, because he plays on the left, although he could also be an attacking midfielder—with others calling him the new Ronaldinho. He has technique, speed and is physically able.

Just like in the battle for Neymar, Madrid and Barcelona are set to lock horns again. 

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