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Chelsea set to beat Real Madrid in the race for 18-year-old Brazilian attacking prodigy



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Real Madrid constantly maintain an eye on the Brazilian market hoping to strike gold on young talent. Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and most recently Endrick are a part of the club’s efforts in that direction.

One such young prodigy Los Blancos had their eyes on is Deivid Washington. The 18-year-old plays for Santos in Brazil and was seen by the Merengues as a future option for the number nine position, as relayed by Globo.

Deivid Washington has made 16 senior appearances for the Brazilian giants, scoring two goals, while he also has netted six goals in 13 matches for the club’s Under-20 side.

Given his potential, Real Madrid took an interest in the teenage forward.

But according to Fabrizio Romano, the Merengues will not be able to pull off the youngster’s signature. Chelsea have submitted an official bid worth €20 million to Santos in recent hours and the Brazilian club are set to accept the same for Washington.

The player has agreed terms with the London-based giants and will move to Strasbourg on loan immediately for the coming season.

A team lacking a finisher

Karim Benzema was the heart and soul of Real Madrid’s forward line, and his impact was best appreciated in recent seasons following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Over the past two years, the Frenchman single-handedly carries the team on numerous occasions even at the highest level. His departure, needless to say, is difficult for the club to compensate for.

Carlo Ancelotti thus began the summer asking for a new striker. The club president promised the arrival of a world-class finisher with the manager asking for Harry Kane.

However, the operation came crashing down after Kylian Mbappe became available. As it stands, it remains unclear if the Frenchman will even arrive this summer.

All eyes are on Endrick

Real Madrid splashed €72 million for the signing of 16-year-old Endrick from Palmeiras last year. He will only arrive at the Bernabeu next summer but is one on whom the management have heavy expectations.

Los Blancos toiled to no end to fight off the competition for Endrick. Given that the young Brazilian can play as either a winger or a striker, they might not regret missing out on Deivid Washington much.

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Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”



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Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.

It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.

After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.

It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.

Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”

On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”

It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:

“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”

Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:

“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”

The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:

“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”

Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:

“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Source: AS

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