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Real Madrid currently not in talks to sign Portuguese defensive starlet

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The start of this season bore some very bad news for Real Madrid’s defensive line, with Eder Militao and Thibaut Courtois suffering from ACL injuries, while David Alaba has also struggled for fitness on a number of occasions.

Given that Alaba and Rudiger have both crossed 30, the Galacticos camp has been working on alternatives for the future.

While the Austrian and German both have a few more good years in them given the fact that centre-backs peak later, it would be wise for Los Blancos to survey their options, especially if Militao’s return from injury is slow.

As such, Madrid have been closely linked with Sporting CP’s defensive gem Goncalo Inacio, the 22-year-old reportedly very well-liked by the staff.

Florentino Perez had greenlit the operation

Earlier reports claimed that the Madrid president had also agreed to spend around €60 million to acquire the defender this winter.

Thumbs up from the president. (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite the heavy links, according to Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra via X), the Merengues are not yet negotiating with the defender.

Inacio is the Portuguese side’s homegrown talent, and since making the jump up to the first team just three years ago, he has already played 135 games for the senior team and is a vital part of their project.

As Nacho is also in the final year of his Madrid contract, it could be wise for the Spanish giants to invest in a long-term partner for Militao.

There have also been reports of serious interest from the Premier League, with clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United also eyeing Inacio.

While all have the spending power, Madrid would be prepared to go on the front foot in January, putting them in a stronger position should they wish to seal the deal.

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Official: Real Madrid confirm date for Endrick presentation

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After welcoming Kylian Mbappe earlier this week in a grand celebration at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have now confirmed the date for the official presentation of another new signing, Endrick.

The Spanish capital club have announced that the teenage sensation will be presented as a new Real Madrid player on July 27.

“Real Madrid CF announces that on Saturday 27 July, at 12:00, the presentation of our player Endrick will take place at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium,” the statement from the club read.

“Previously, Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez will welcome Endrick to Real Madrid City for the signing ceremony that will bind our new player to the club for the next six seasons.”

Endrick arrives with big expectations. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid signed Endrick from Palmeiras back in December 2022 itself in a deal that could reach €60 million including add-ons.

However, since he was only 16 years old at the time, the striker had to continue in Brazil. Set to turn 18 on July 21, the centre-forward will finally be eligible to move to Europe.

In 82 appearances for Palmeiras, Endrick has scored 21 goals and set up four more. The striker also has three goals in ten matches for Brazil.

Endrick will be presented formally at the Santiago Bernabeu on July 27 after he undergoes medicals and signs his contract with club president Florentino Perez.

After the presentation, Endrick will speak to the media in the press room at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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