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Real Madrid handed blow as €60 million transfer target prefers Chelsea move – report

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Endrick Felipe is all the rage in Brazilian football right now after enjoying a spectacular breakthrough year, first at the youth level and then breaking into Palmeiras’ first-team setup.

Just 16 years old, the left-footed striker is attracting serious interest from top clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

While it was believed that Los Blancos were the best-placed team to sign Endrick, a recent report from ESPN Brasil claims otherwise. As per the aforementioned report, the teenage prodigy currently prefers to join Chelsea over his other suitors as he dreams of playing in the Premier League.

This development will come as a major blow for Real Madrid, who had been scheming to build an all-Brazilian attacking trio involving Endrick, Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr for the future.

Reports had even suggested that Endrick favoured a move to the Santiago Bernabeu and the Merengues had dispatched an executive to begin negotiations with Palmeiras over a transfer.

However, it seems like Chelsea now have the edge over Real Madrid in the race. This development comes after the Blues hosted Endrick and his family at their training facility earlier this week, where the 16-year-old met and interacted with Brazil legend Thiago Silva.

Endrick has a contract with Palmeiras that runs until the summer of 2025 and comes with a €60 million release clause. The report suggests that Chelsea would be willing to meet that valuation, which would also stack the odds in their favour.

It is also claimed that PSG made an offer of €45 million for the teenage sensation which was instantly shot down by Palmeiras. However, Les Parisiens are said to be willing to increase their offer and meet the €60 million clause as well.

It seems like things are starting to heat up in the race for Endrick even though he will only be able to arrive in Europe in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.

The final decision with regard to Endrick’s future, once all interested parties submit their proposals, will firmly rest with Endrick. But as things stand, it seems like he might be leaning towards Chelsea, and Real Madrid will need to act fast to lure him to the Bernabeu.

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Wife of Real Madrid star hints on potential continuity amidst exit rumours: “We love Spain very much”

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Anastasia Tamazova, the wife of Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, has shared insights about her life with the footballer. 

In this conversation, she opened up about their experiences living in Spain and her husband’s potential future moves.

Anastasia expressed her deep affection for Spain, mentioning how welcomed and comfortable both she and Lunin feel in the country. 

She emphasised their love for the place, but also made it clear that if Lunin needs to move to another country for his career, she will fully support him and follow him wherever he needs to go.

“We love Spain very much, the people here are very friendly and we feel very welcomed and comfortable,” said Tamazova as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

“But if my husband has to leave this country, then of course I will support him and we will go wherever necessary.”

What does the future hold for Lunin?

Andriy Lunin is tipped to leave Real Madrid in the summer. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

There has been a lot of speculation about Lunin’s future at Real Madrid and recent reports have suggested that the keeper was disappointed when the team’s coach, Carlo Ancelotti, chose not to play him in the Champions League final, even though Lunin had anticipated this decision. 

With the return of Thibaut Courtois, Lunin’s chances of being the main goalkeeper have significantly decreased. 

This situation has led him to consider a possible move this summer, with interest from several big clubs like Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Juventus.

It is said that despite the uncertainty, the final decision rests with Lunin. Real Madrid have expressed their desire to keep him and have offered him a contract extension until 2029

Although Lunin seemed ready to sign the new contract, the events surrounding the Champions League final have caused him to reconsider his options. The choice of Courtois over him has planted seeds of doubt about his future with the club.

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