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Manchester City enter race for Real Madrid, Barcelona-linked Brazilian prodigy

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Palmeiras wonderkid Endrick is one of the most in-demand young prospects in football currently. Having burst onto the scenes at the Copinha tournament earlier this year, the teenage forward has captured the attention of some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Indeed, Real Madrid and Barcelona are staunch admirers of Endrick, with Los Blancos even said to be preparing a bid for the 16-year-old. However, the two La Liga heavyweights have now been joined by Premier League champions Manchester City in the race for the striker.

According to ESPN Brasil, Manchester City and Real Madrid will both send representatives to watch Endrick in action when Palmeiras face Fortaleza tonight in the Brazilian Serie A.

The teenager made his senior debut for the Verdao less than a month ago and has already made a big impression, bagging two goals and an assist in four matches.

He is likely to be called upon by manager Abel Ferreira against Fortaleza, in a match that could confirm Palmeiras’ league victory.

And both Real Madrid and Manchester City will reportedly have representatives present to keep tabs on Endrick and his performance.

Just 16 years old, the striker signed his first professional contract with Palmeiras only in July earlier this year, committing himself to the club until 2025. The deal is said to contain a massive release clause worth €60 million, which does not seem to be dissuading his suitors.

Reports suggest that Endrick has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid, who have a good relationship with his family and entourage.

But Manchester City’s entry into the picture, coupled with Barcelona’s presence as well, not to forget PSG, will make for an interesting battle for the services of Endrick.

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Contract extension of two Real Madrid veterans will be signed soon – Fabrizio Romano

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According to Fabrizio Romano, both Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez will soon sign new contracts with Real Madrid. 

These deals are expected to be official shortly, ensuring that both players will stay with the club for another year as their contracts will be valid until June 2025.

Interestingly, Carlo Ancelotti has been key to this decision as he believes Modric’s experience and leadership are crucial for the team, especially since Real Madrid has a relatively young midfield lineup.

What is noteworthy is that Modric is willing to accept a pay cut to remain with the club. In the 2023/24 season, Modric earned around €10 million. 

However, under the new agreement, he will see a significant reduction in his salary by 40%. This means he will earn about €6 million for the 2024/25 season. Modric’s representatives have agreed to these terms.

What about Lucas Vazquez?

Real Madrid have assured the continuity of Modric and Vazquez. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Vazquez, who has been the subject of recent exit rumours, has also reached an agreement with Real Madrid for a new contract. 

This deal will also keep him at the club until June 2025. There will be a final meeting soon to finalise the details and sign the contract, similar to the process for Modric’s deal.

It is said that Real Madrid’s decision to keep Vazquez was made some time ago as the club view him as the ideal backup for Dani Carvajal, indicating that they do not plan to sign another right-back during the summer transfer window.

Madrid’s confidence

Although the negotiations took longer than expected, both Vazquez and the club are on the same page and want the same outcome. 

In summary, Real Madrid is set to secure the futures of both Modric and Vazquez with new contracts valid until June 2025. 

Modric’s deal involves a pay cut, reflecting his commitment to the club, while Vazquez’s new contract underscores the club’s confidence in him as a reliable backup for their right-back position. 

These moves are part of Real Madrid’s strategy to blend experienced leadership with youthful talent in their squad.

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