Real Madrid is building a team for the future with their latest acquisitions of Tchouameni, Reiner Jesus, and Eduardo Camavinga. The boss, Carlo Ancelotti loves to nurture young talent and develop them into world-class players. Fede Valverde, Vinicius Junior, and Rodrygo Goes are a few examples of the same.
It seems that the Great Whites are exploring the market in search of yet another exceptional wonderkid in the form of Endrick Felipe. The 16-year-old is turning heads after his professional debut for Palmeiras at a tender age this season.
One for the future: Endrick Felipe
Felipe caught everyone’s attention with his performances in the Copinha 2022. The then 15-year-old ended the tournament as the best player with his fierce attacking style of play.
Top European clubs have already started to scout the Brazilian to steal his signature. Both the Spanish Giants, Barcelona, and Real Madrid are in the race along with Premier League teams such as Chelsea and Liverpool.
Unlike the English clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid seem favorable destinations for the starlet citing the number of Brazil Internationals who have made their mark in Spain. Barca gaffer Xavi Hernandez took a personal interest in signing Endrick Felipe. He intends to bring in the 16-year-old as a backup for Robert Lewandowski as he ages past his prime.
Felipe can only leave his homeland to play elsewhere after he turns 18 years old. The Catalans took the initiative to sign the player on a 3-year contract as they held a meeting with Endrick’s representative at Barcelona. Barcelona’s youth academy, La Masia, has been a home for many exciting talents over the years. However, it is the price tag that the Blaugrana cannot match at this point.
Real Madrid and PSG tussle for Felipe’s signature with Barca probably out of the picture
This is where Paris Saint Germain comes in to splash the cash on the youngster. Palmeiras set an asking price of about 35-40 million Euros. The French side began the bidding war for the next exciting talent in European football with 20 million Euros.
Real Madrid is following every move and intends to send a coach to persuade the youngster to come to Bernabeu in 2024. Los Blancos have saved up enough to spend freely in the winter transfer window. However, Barcelona is not in any state to topple its budget cap in January and may miss out on this signing.
Madrid has had an edge in regard to Brazilian talents in Europe. Endrick Felipe would feel special to step into the Santiago Bernabeu where Nazario, Roberto Carlos, and Marcelo left their marks. The left-footed striker has the decision to make in the coming months about his future trajectory.
As per Sport, PSG may even agree to pay the asking price to Palmeiras. Their Sporting Advisor Luis Campos is trying to steal this deal from Real Madrid. At the end of the day, Felipe’s decision would matter if he wants to join Messi and Neymar at PSG or his Brazil counterparts Vinicius, Rodrygo, and Eder Militao.