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Real Madrid wonderkid Reinier set to join Dortmund on loan

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The highly-rated Reinier is reportedly on the verge of leaving Real Madrid for Borussia Dortmund on a loan that could last up to two seasons.

Reinier signed for Real Madrid in January from Flamengo in a deal worth €30m. He’s expected to become a key player in the coming years, which is why the club tied down to a contract until 2026.

Although chances of the 18-year-old breaking into the first-team next season are not possible, thanks to LaLiga’s registration rules which prevent him from moving between the Castilla set-up and Zinedine Zidane’s squad.

The rules state that only three non-European players can represent the senior squad. These slots are currently occupied by fellow Brazilians Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes, and Eder Militao.

Other non-Europeans, like Casemiro for example, can bypass the rule as they’ve obtained dual nationality by registering for a Spanish passport.

According to Globo Esporte, though, Real Madrid want first-team football for Reinier. Therefore, they’ve agreed to send him on loan to Borussia Dortmund for next season. It will be a similar deal to what Achraf Hakimi had in Germany, where BVB can extend it for another campaign in 2021/22. No purchase option is included, however.

This move will see Reinier link up with fellow highly-rated youngsters Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, and Jude Bellingham in Germany.

Dortmund boss Lucien Favre also confirmed his interest in Reinier on Monday and explained how he could use him.

“He’s a very young player who could arrive on loan from Real Madrid,” Favre said.

“Although it’s not done yet, there are still some details [to sort out].”

The Swiss added on Reinier’s role: “He’s a nine-and-a-half who can play as a false nine or out wide.

“I don’t know if he can play as a No.8 in a 4-1-4-1 system. He’s very young and our attack is already like a school. But from what I’ve seen, I can say that he’s very good in attack and at finishing.

“At 18, he’s got a lot to improve on. We have to be patient with the young players.”

Real Sociedad, Bayer Leverkusen, and Real Valladolid all reportedly have an interest in Reinier as well.