Real Madrid shut down interest from Manchester United for Vinicius Junior
According to journalist Ekrem Konur (h/t ESPN), Real Madrid shut down interest from Manchester United for Vinicius Junior. United had rekindled their interest in the player, but the Spanish giants are having none of it.
Vinicius has hit the ground running this season under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti. He has featured in 19 matches this season and has scored 11 goals with seven assists to add to it. He has made quite the leap this season and has looked to be the man that Real had initially bought him.
The La Liga club did not even entertain an offer from the Red Devils and quickly shut down the enquiry. They were adamant that the Brazilian is not on the transfer list in the January transfer window. He has taken the left-wing position for himself this season and has impressed on a regular basis.
Too good to be true
While there were not many chances of him joining us in the coming transfer windows, it is still a blow since a man of his quality would have been a great asset in our squad. That is especially the case because of the fine form he has shown this season.
Those who watched him may have noticed that a change in his playstyle compared to his previous years. Before this season, he received constant criticism for lacking the end product, but he has worked on that under Ancelotti. He has become more direct, and that has shown in his goal involvement.
Recently, he scored the winner against Sevilla in the league during the final stages of the game and helped his team to the top spot in La Liga. Many had written off Los Blancos due to the departures in recent years, but he has made such an impact that his team is arguably the favourites for the league currently.
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Even though his signing would have been great, we still have options on the left side who could be decisive under the new interim manager Ralf Rangnick. It would be interesting to see whether someone reaches a new height under Rangnick just as the 21-year-old did in Spain this season.