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Real Madrid dealt blow as Barcelona make move to sign 16-year-old transfer target

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There is no doubt that Endrick is seemingly becoming the hottest prospect in South American football right now. The Palmeiras whizkid has raised many eyebrows with his dazzling performances in the youth leagues.

He is already on the books of the first team and is soon poised to make his professional debut for the club. Having enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence over the past 12 months, Endrick has found himself on the radar of several top clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants had been keeping track of Endrick for a while now and intend to make a move in the near future. However, according to Diario SPORT, it appears they are set to face a major blow in their pursuit of the Palmeiras whizkid, who is also targeted by Barcelona.

The report suggests the Catalans have identified Endrick as their primary target in the South American market. To that end, they have made contact with the teenage forward’s entourage to express their interest in signing him.

A meeting was held in Catalonia, during which the Blaugrana explained in detail to Endrick’s representatives their intentions to land the 16-year-old.

On top of that, Barça intend to start talks with Palmeiras at the end of the season, even though the youngster is not eligible to move to Spain until 2024 when he is of legal age.

Barça have found major success when it comes to nurturing young players in recent years, as evidenced by Gavi, Pedri, and Ansu Fati’s recent rise to prominence. The Catalans are now willing to bet on Endrick to become the next big thing in world football.

The club have already held intense talks within their own camp over the possibility of signing Endrick and are closely monitoring the youngster’s progress at Palmeiras.

All is not lost for Real Madrid, though. Despite Barcelona’s recent efforts, they are expected to struggle in funding a move for the Palmeiras whizkid.

Not to mention, Los Blancos have built a solid reputation for nurturing Brazilian players in the recent past and could emerge as the preferred destination for Endrick himself, as he looks to take the next step in his career.

With PSG also on the lookout for the 16-year-old’s signing, Real Madrid will have a tough battle on their hands to sign Endrick.

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Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes

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Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.

Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.

Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.

Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.

The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.

Rotten luck. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

No loan deal for Guler

However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.

Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.

Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.

They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.

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