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Highly-rated Brazilian forward wants to join Real Madrid, bid worth €35-40 million expected

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16-year-old Palmeiras forward Endrick has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid, reports journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin while writing for El Debate, adding that even the European champions are ready to make a bid worth €35-40 million for the youngster.

For now, even if the Madrid entity wants to sign the talented forward, the team needs to wait for two more years as he can only join when he turns 18. This means at this very moment, the management is laying all the groundwork for his arrival.

Endrik has been heavily linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu since bursting onto the scenes earlier this year. The 16-year-old also witnessed Real’s iconic 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last season.

That was the moment when he realised he wants to be part of this historic team. Interestingly enough, personnel from the Madrid management were present to watch the young striker’s delight and they duly felt what was there in the offering.

Endrick’s father, who was present at the venue, wants his son to play for Real Madrid in the future.

For that, he has been conversing with the likes of Juni Calafat, the head of international football for Real Madrid, and Wagner Ribeiro, a prestigious manager in Brazil, who happens to be a good friend of Florentino Perez.

The dialogue is open and those presenting the Madrid team have convinced Endrick and his camp to join Real Madrid in two years.

The convincing part is more or less done, the only thing that remains for Real Madrid to do is to enter into an official negotiation mostly because they are aware of the interest the forward has generated.

As things stand, Endrick’s release clause is proving to be the only hurdle. His current deal with the Brazilian team runs until 2025 and any team wanting to acquire him will need to trigger his €60 million termination clause.

Madrid do not want the fee to exceed €35-40 million, although they are willing to pay future bonuses. This means getting into the negotiation with Palmeiras is only the first step.

So now, the team from Brazil has the ball in their court as it will be their management who will decide the future of the youngster; whether to hold out for his full release clause amount or let him realise his dream by joining Real Madrid for less money.

As of today, Madrid hold the advantage ahead of their rivals mostly because the player does not want to join any other team, but convincing Palmeiras is something that is going to take some time.

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National embarrassment: Real Madrid star faces backlash over poor NT display

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Vinicius Jr., the star forward for Real Madrid and a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or, has faced heavy criticism for his recent performances with the Brazil national team. 

Despite his impressive displays at Real Madrid, Vinicius has recently struggled to live up to expectations in Brazil’s preparatory matches for the Copa America.

Brazilian fans and analysts had high hopes for Vinicius, expecting him to take on a leadership role in the national team’s attack, especially after the season he had with Madrid. 

Unfortunately, he has not managed to replicate his club form in these recent games. This situation mirrors what happened when he first joined Real Madrid, where his inconsistent performances initially raised doubts about his abilities.

Ballon d’Or in doubt?

In the lead-up to the Copa America, Brazil played two friendly matches. They narrowly defeated Mexico 3-2 and drew 1-1 with the United States. 

During these games, players like Endrick and Rodrygo stepped up, scoring crucial goals. However, Vinicius failed to make a significant impact, which has led to widespread disappointment among fans and media in Brazil.

Vinicius Jr. has scored just three goals for Brazil.(Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)

For what it is worth, Vinicius’ last goal for Brazil dates back to June 17, 2023, when he scored against Guinea in a 4-1 win in a friendly match. In competitive matches, his last international goal dates back to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

This underwhelming performance has resulted in sharp criticism towards the forward, who is considered one of the top candidates for the Ballon d’Or. 

Interestingly, his chances of winning this prestigious award heavily depend on his showing in the upcoming Copa America, which begins this week. 

Public opinion and the press in Brazil suggest that unless he drastically improves and leads his team to victory, his hopes for the award are slim.

Deserved criticism

Critics argue that Vinicius’s level of play with the national team is far below what he delivers at Real Madrid. 

They point out his poor goal-scoring record for Brazil, having only netted three times in 30 appearances, which is seen as unacceptable for a player of his calibre. 

Analysts are particularly disappointed by his inability to finish chances, dribble effectively, make successful passes, and escape defenders to create scoring opportunities.

Vinicius is also criticized for making poor decisions on the field. Commentators have noted that he doesn’t have the same impact with the national team as he does with Real Madrid. 

This echoes the concerns from his early days at the Spanish club, where he was praised for his persistence but criticized for his poor decision-making and lack of precision.

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