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Expect Arsene Wenger to play his youngsters in the Carling Cup against Wigan, but his ‘young-guns’ still thumped Sheff Utd 6-0 in the last round.

Alipio Duarte Brandao’s agent claims his client is close to joining Real Madrid.

The Brazilian teenager is set to be loaned to the Primera Liga outfit in order to gain experience with their reserve side.

A permanent deal will then be reached at a later date, with Real set to pay €550,000 for the 16-year-old’s services.

“We have been in Madrid talking about the contract and now Alipio will start training with Castilla this week. He is very happy,” said agent Helder Daniel.

Alipio is currently on the books of Portuguese outfit Rio Ave, but is keen to play at a higher level.

“My main characteristics are being quick and a good scorer,” he said.

“My dream is to be like Cristiano Ronaldo, but I know I have a long way to go.

“Another dream is to play for the Brazilian national team and become a top scorer like Ronaldo.

“I know that Ronaldo has also played for Real Madrid and I would like to be like him. He is my idol.”

Expect Arsene Wenger to play his youngsters in the Carling Cup against Wigan, but his ‘young-guns’ still thumped Sheff Utd 6-0 in the last round.

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