Real Madrid will beat Arsenal and Manchester City to the signature of Vinicius Tobias after agreeing to terms over an initial loan deal.

According to a report by 90 min, Vinicius Tobias is on the verge of joining Real Madrid from Shakhtar Donetsk on an initial loan deal, with a deal agreed in principle over a permanent five-year contract in the summer transfer window. The Brazilian defender was also a target for Arsenal and Manchester City.

Vinicius Tobias has seen his progress come to a grinding halt due to the war-ravaged situation in Ukraine. The 18-year-old only joined Shakhtar Donetsk from Internacional in January earlier this year and has yet to make his professional debut for the Ukrainian club. But it looks like the teenage prodigy could leave Shakhtar without featuring for the first team.

With FIFA allowing clubs to sign foreign players from Ukrainian and Russian clubs temporarily, Real Madrid soon pounced on the situation, setting sights on Vinicius Tobias over an initial loan deal. The Brazilian defender also captured the attention of Arsenal and Manchester City.

Recent reports have suggested that Real Madrid could delve into the market for a right-back in the summer transfer window due to Dani Carvajal’s declining performance levels. The Spaniard was all over the place in the recent 4-0 defeat to Barcelona, prompting Los Blancos to scour around for a new right-back to compete with him.

To that end, several right-backs have already been linked with Real Madrid, with Vinicius Tobias emerging as a long-term solution. As for Arsenal, the Gunners wish to sign a right-back to compete with Takehiro Tomiyasu, despite Cedric Soares’s recent improved performances. Djed Spence is among the right-backs linked with Arsenal, but Vinicius Tobias was also a viable target.

Manchester City’s need for a right-back is somewhat perplexing, though, unless Joao Cancelo permanently becomes the first-choice left-back. But neither Arsenal nor Manchester City will sign Vinicius Tobias, as the Premier League has prohibited clubs from securing the services of players from Ukrainian and Russian outfits.

Real Madrid thus got a clear run at the 18-year-old. And the Merengues have won the race to sign the Brazilian, reaching an agreement over an initial loan deal. The Spanish giants will then capture Vinicius Tobias on a five-year deal in the summer, meaning they could have a long-term right-back solution onboard at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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