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Real Madrid agree to pay €60 million for Endrick, deal could be done before New Year
According to journalist Bruno Andrade, Real Madrid have agreed to pay the €60 million fee requested by Palmeiras for the most in-demand Brazilian forward Endrick.
Andrade quotes that the Merengues would meet the valuation in two parts, meaning that they are willing to a part of the mentioned €60 million immediately and the rest will be in the form of bonuses and add-ons.
Real Madrid’s advancement towards signing the 16-year-old was made earlier this week. As the journalist relays, the team from the capital city won the forward’s preference and it was only after this that they approached Palmeiras with an offer.
Having now agreed to pay the €60 million, Real Madrid seemed to have staved off several competitors, which includes Premier League side Chelsea, who were trying to get Endrick through the help of Thiago Silva.
Furthermore, the 16-year-old was also on the radar of Barcelona and even Paris-Saint German. The Ligue 1 side, in fact, saw an approach getting rejected by the Brazilian side in the past.
Back then, it was quoted that PSG agreed to disburse €25 million upfront while €20 million was reserved as bonus, but it was knocked back by the Brazilian outfit.
Interestingly enough, no official word has been released, but it is said that Real Madrid representatives recently had a meeting with Endrick’s father and his agents. And as Andrade quotes, the silence is a strong indication that an official agreement is close.
Furthermore, Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra) is reporting that Real Madrid could close the deal before the end of this month.
Now, it is worth mentioning that even if Los Blancos make an announcement in 2022 or in 2023, the player can only become an official member of the team in July 2024 when he turns 18.
For now, all signs point towards Endrick becoming the next jewel from Brazil to make his way to Real Madrid.
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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.