Real Madrid have officially announced the departures of four players over the course of the last 24 hours, starting with Marco Asensio on a free transfer.
Mariano Diaz also left the club, and later at night, Madrid announced that they had reached a mutual agreement to terminate Eden Hazard’s contract. The Belgian let go of €7 million in his salary for next season, too.
However, the bombshell came today morning as Karim Benzema’s departure was announced from the club at the end of the season. The Frenchman, now a free agent, is expected to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer.
This leaves Madrid with just two natural forwards in their squad – Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr. And while they were going to go strong in the transfer market, their task now becomes even more difficult.
Jose Luis Sanchez (h/t MadridXtra), meanwhile, has reported on Benzema’s replacement, saying that Harry Kane is the most likely candidate.
The Englishman has a year left on his deal after this summer, but signing him from Tottenham Hotspur would be a monumental task. He is currently the second all-time scorer in the history of the Premier League, and dreams of breaking Alan Shearer’s record.
Not to mention, even if Kane should choose to leave, Madrid will have to deal with Daniel Levy, who is infamously a notorious seller. He has priced his prized asset at around €120 million, and will likely not budge from it.
Madrid are, therefore, also preparing a list of other targets they can pursue while finding a replacement for Benzema as the no. 9.
Roberto Firmino is a free agent, and on Madrid’s radar for the summer, but is not a priority. Espanyol’s Joselu seems be close to joining, too, while the name of Kai Havertz has also come up.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.