Real Madrid beat rivals to £51m Endrick deal – but won’t seal move until 2024
Real Madrid have reportedly beaten their rivals to the £51million signing of Brazilian wonderkid Endrick.
The 16-year-old starlet caught the attention of several big European clubs including Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea before even making his professional debut for Palmeiras.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid have successfully fended off the competition to get their primary target. And the teenager is set to join in a deal that will reach upwards of £62m, with more than £10m in taxes to be added later.
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Yet the Italian journalist states Endrick cannot complete his move until he turns 18, meaning the ‘generational talent’ will not actually play for the La Liga giants until 2024. Still, a deal should be officially signed in the coming days as it is understood that there is a “full verbal agreement between all parties, clubs and player”.
The report comes after Madrid travelled to Brazil in October to see his first games as a professional in person. They are also thought to have invited the player’s parents to Spain in order to get a feel of the club before making his decision.
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Endrick bagged a staggering 167 goals across 171 youth team games for Palmeiras. It wasn’t long before elite clubs from Europe circled around the hottest talent in South American football, who was promoted to his club’s u20s side as a mere 15-year-old.
Madrid have pulled off similar transfers in the past, signing a then 16-year-old Vinicius Jr from Flamengo in a deal worth £38m back in 2017 to make him the second most expensive signing from the Brazilian league. Los Blancos went on to sign 17-year-old Rodrygo from Santos a year later.
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