Liverpool submitted a concrete offer for Santos sensation Rodrygo Goes before Real Madrid agreed a deal for the young Brazilian, according to the player’s agent.
The Champions League winners have reportedly reached an agreement for the 17-year-old attacker which will see him loaned immediately back to the Brazilian side for one more season.
However, agent Nick Arcuri has now revealed that the player had offers from Liverpool in a hotly-contested chase, but the Reds did not meet Santos’ valuation of their young star with Madrid named the winners after meeting the £40million valuation.
“Fifteen days ago, Madrid came behind me, they met with the president and made their proposal, reaching the value that Santos always wanted.
“Last week, the player did his medical exams with the Spaniards after Santos gave the green light. The agreement is that he stays [at Santos] until June 30, 2019.”
This would have been a brilliant coup for the Reds should they have won the race for Rodrygo’s signature. The 17-year-old is one of Brazil’s upcoming talents, and the wide attacker looks a real star of the future. After making his first-team breakthrough for Santos last season, he has now established himself as a key player for the Brazilian Serie A side in 2017/18. Rodrygo has so far made 15 appearances in all competitions for Santos this season, scoring six goals and laying on two assists. His record of five goals in nine league games is particularly impressive, and he looks like he could go on to some big things in the future. Liverpool are said to have held a long-standing interest in the youngster, but the club were obviously unwilling to meet Santos’s valuation of their player, with Madrid set to pay around £40million for him. At that price Liverpool were right to pull out of the race, but they could come to regret it depending on Rodrygo’s progress in the next few years.