A little under a year ago, Real Madrid hit gold when they confirmed the signing of Rodrygo Goes. Months after securing the deal to take Vinicius Junior to the Santiago Bernabeu, they placed themselves even further ahead of Europe’s other top teams, but particularly Barcelona.
Rodrygo was clear that his wish was to play for Madrid. He recognized it when asked and speaks about Los Blancos being his boyhood club.
He negotiated with Juventus, he listened to offers from Paris Saint-Germain, though it was Barcelona who appeared to have moved things forward a bit. But a quick manoeuvre from Juni Calafat, who had known the player for three years, promoted a call from Jose Carlos Peres, Santos‘ president, to Florentino Perez to close the agreement.
Florentino was at a wedding when he got the call to be told of the player’s desire to join, and the agreement arrived in under 20 minutes.
Even Santos themselves had no desire to sell to Barcelona again, given the problems that still exist after the Neymar transfer.
Rodrygo was aware of interest from number of clubs, but when Madrid came along everything else was dropped. He told his agent, Nick Arcuri, and the deal was closed for 45 million euros.