Graeme Bailey has revealed that Real Madrid are convinced they are going to win the race for Palmeiras wonderkid Endrick, who is reportedly on Tottenham’s radar.
Endrick has made a fabulous start to his senior career, having scored four times in seven appearances in the Brazilian top flight since making his debut two months ago (Transfermarkt).
The 16-year-old was being linked to several big clubs in Europe even before making his senior debut, with Jorge Nicola revealing on his YouTube channel Canal do Nicola back in September that Spurs, Newcastle United and Manchester United were all monitoring the teenager.
It has since emerged that the forward is also on the radars of Real Madrid and Barcelona (Mundo Deportivo) while Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to contemplating an offer for the youngster in January (Marca).
Bailey has now revealed that Los Blancos expect Endrick to follow in the footsteps of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, and make the switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The journalist said on Talking Transfers Podcast: “I’ve been talking about Endrick for quite a while now and he’s only 16. He is the next sensation, this guy is special.
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“After Neymar, Florentino Perez vowed to never miss out on the best young player in Brazil again. They’ve had Vini Jr, Rodrygo and Reinier, but this is the guy they think is really special. This is their Wayne Rooney, he’s more highly rated than Neymar was at this time.
“He can’t join a European team until 2024, but he can sign something before. His father has said they are having one more trip to Madrid, they’ve been around Europe.
“Every club is confident here, my belief is that Madrid basically think this is already a done deal, we’ll have to see how it plays out and it’s never that easy, but there is a clearer pathway to the first-team at Real Madrid with Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.”
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I believe Endrick is likely to end up at either Madrid, Barca or PSG, given the track record those clubs have of picking up the best young talent from South American football.
Even if Paratici might see value in signing an up-and-coming young talent like the 16-year-old, I do not see a clear pathway to the first-team for the Palmeiras starlet at Spurs under Conte.