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Chelsea, PSG target ‘one step away’ from joining Real Madrid – report

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Palmeiras’ wonderkid Endrick has been the talk of the town in recent weeks, with many top clubs from Europe vying to sign him up. However, the race to sign the 16-year-old prodigy is seemingly in the final stages, with Real Madrid set to come out on top.

Indeed, earlier reports indicated that Los Blancos had agreed to pay €60 million to sign Endrick from Palmeiras and hoped to complete the deal before the end of December.

Now, according to a fresh update on El Primer Palo (h/t Madrid Xtra), Endrick is now just one step away from signing for Real Madrid.

The 16-year-old enjoyed his breakthrough this year, starring for Palmeiras’ youth team at the Copinha tournament, before he made an impression with Brazil’s youth national team as well.

Having broken into Palmeiras’ first-team setup recently, he scored three goals in seven matches, helping them win the Brazilian league title.

Apart from Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona and PSG had been hot on the trails of Endrick.

The Blues had hosted the 16-year-old wonderkid at their training facilities where he had met and interacted with Thiago Silva. PSG, meanwhile, had made multiple offers for Endrick already, but they were shot down by Palmeiras.

However, all things point towards Endrick becoming a Real Madrid player in the near future. Even though Los Blancos might sign the 16-year-old sensation now, fans will have to wait until 2024 to see the youngster arrive at the club, as he can leave Brazil only after he turns 18.

Real Madrid have had great success by employing similar transfer strategies with Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo. A €60 million investment on a 16-year-old does seem like a huge risk, but it could prove to be a huge success if Endrick goes on to fulfil his vast potential.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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