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Real Madrid, Barcelona rivalled by Arsenal in pursuit of Brazilian forward – report

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Endrick is currently a man in demand following his rapid rise to prominence at Palmeiras. At the age of just 15, the youngster made his professional debut and is promising to become the next big thing in Brazilian football after Neymar.

In light of his excellent performances in Brazil, Endrick has become one of the top targets for Real Madrid. The Spanish giants are prepared to splash the cash for the 16-year-old, even though he is not eligible to move to Europe until he is 18.

For a long time, it was thought Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to go head-to-head, in the race to sign Endrick. However, according to a report from FourFourTwo (h/t Diario SPORT), the two Spanish giants are set to face fresh competition from Arsenal.

It appears the Premier League giants have become the latest club to join the pursuit of Endrick. Such has been confirmed by former Arsenal star Gilberto Silva, who believes the Gunners could give Real Madrid and Barcelona a run for their money.

“There is a lot of competition to get the best players from the big league clubs. Palmeiras are going to receive many calls from many clubs (to sign Endrick), the best clubs in the world to try to bring him. If Arsenal manage to sign him, they will get a very good player,” said Silva.

Gilberto believes Arsenal sporting director Edu could play a vital role in convincing Endrick to move to Emirates. The Gunners already have an excellent record of bringing in Brazilian talents in recent years, with Gabriel Martinelli, for one, enjoying a rapid rise to prominence.

In addition, Arsenal have built a solid reputation for offering youngsters the opportunity to perform at the highest level. Endrick, to that end, could be yet another exciting addition to the team led by Mikel Arteta.

However, Real Madrid are no slouch and have made great efforts to engineer a move for Endrick. A decade ago, they had missed out on the signing of Neymar. But this time around, Los Blancos have no intention to miss out on yet another Brazilian supertalent.

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Ancelotti sets a target for Real Madrid to achieve before facing Barcelona in La Liga

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Real Madrid are currently the frontrunners to win the La Liga title this season, having established a solid lead atop the table.

After 26 matchdays, Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos have built a six-point lead over second-placed Girona and are eight clear of arch-rivals Barcelona in third.

Ancelotti sets a target

While Real Madrid have already faced Girona and Atletico Madrid twice in La Liga already, they still have to face Barcelona for the second time.

And, as per AS, manager Carlo Ancelotti has set a target for his Real Madrid side to achieve before they face off against Xavi Hernandez’s Barça in a few weeks.

Los Blancos host their bitter rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu in the weekend of April 20-21, in matchweek 32.

And before that, Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to reach 80 points in La Liga, which he believes is the safety point for his team to go on to win the title.

As things stand, the Merengues are on 65 points from 26 games and have five matches to play in the league before they face Barcelona.

And for them to achieve Ancelotti’s intended target, they will have to win each of their matches between now and April 20, which will be anything but straightforward.

After all, Real Madrid are set to face Valencia at a hostile Mestalla this weekend before they take on a Celta Vigo side battling to avoid relegation next week.

Following that, they face a tricky Osasuna side away from home and Athletic Club at home while they will also take on Copa del Rey finalists RCD Mallorca.

Ancelotti wants the La Liga title race wrapped up by this point so that the team can face Barcelona without any pressure and instead keep their focus on the UEFA Champions League, provided they progress in the tournament.

It will be easier said than done, but if we have learned anything from Real Madrid this season, it is that they thrive in the face of adversities.

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