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Endrick’s agent reveals why 16-year-old sensation chose Real Madrid over other clubs

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Brazilian sensation Endrick had become a man in demand in the transfer market after enjoying his professional breakthrough at Palmeiras this year.

Just 16 years of age, the young striker had some of the biggest clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain vying for his signing.

Ultimately, it was Real Madrid who came out on top in the race for the teenage prodigy, landing him in a deal that could rise up to €72 million, including add-ons and tax commissions.

Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Endrick’s agent, Fred Pena, has revealed that there were three clubs who were alive in the race to sign him until the last minute. At the same time, he also admitted that the young forward was tempted by the prospect of moving to the Premier League.

“First that he is a new generation, that the Premier League has a much greater weight than before. Today it is seen as the best league in the world. That caused a bigger doubt, it’s a new generation thing,” Pena said.

However, Real Madrid’s proposal was the best of all options and convinced him to sign for the Merengues.

“It ended up that we had three clubs that had financial and sporting stability and could do this planning. Each one with their cards on the table, presenting a project for the player, this is part of the convincing.

“That is the key part, where we show it to him. At this moment that is effectively the presentation of the project, Real Madrid presented an unbeatable project for him, a proposal that could not be refused,” he added.

As mentioned earlier, the total deal for Endrick could cost Real Madrid up to €72 million. Of that, €35 million is the fixed fee component while €25 million will be performance-based bonuses. The rest of the €12 million are the taxes involved.

While Pena refused to dive into detail regarding the bonus clauses inserted in Endrick’s deal, he confirmed that the conditions were very much achievable.

“In relation to the performance clauses, I can not speak what they were, but they are totally feasible clauses. It was a matter of negotiation between clubs. Palmeiras always had attention to this, because he wanted them not to be impossible clauses,” he said.

“They are clauses based on games, goals and, from the moment he is there, titles. In the case of Champions League it doesn’t even come to titles, but semi-final and final. If you reach these stages and the player has been a starter, you have some bonuses,” he added.

Endrick will remain at Palmeiras for another 18 months and will only arrive at Real Madrid in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18 years old.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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