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Real Madrid handed blow as €60 million transfer target prefers Chelsea move – report
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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Brazilian national team ‘dreaming’ of working with Ancelotti – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Brazilian national team are ‘dreaming’ of appointing Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager.
The Selecao decided to part ways with Tite after the team underdelivered in the FIFA World Cup 2022. Ramon Menezes has taken charge of the senior team for the time being until a permanent appointment is made.
And, the Brazil Football Confederation is clear about who their preferred target is. Ancelotti has been heavily linked with the South American nation in recent months and comments from players like Ederson, Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr have only served to further fuel the rumours.
Now, Romano is claiming that Brazil dream of naming Ancelotti as their manager and are hoping that he will be parting ways with Real Madrid at the end of the season.
As far as the situation at the club is concerned, Romano states that Real Madrid are working hard to protect Ancelotti from external pressure as they want him to remain focused on winning the UEFA Champions League this season.
The Italian tactician remains in 100% control of the team at the moment and the club are trying to shield him from external factors.
However, at the same time, trophies are a must at a club of this stature and hence, Romano adds that Real Madrid have a potential list of candidates to take over.
Thomas Tuchel was among the names on the list, but has signed for Bayern Munich. Raul Gonzalez, currently in charge of the Castilla team, is also being looked at along with former Tottenham and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.
As of now, Ancelotti remains in control of things at Real Madrid and any decision on his future will only be made at the end of the season. And, Brazil are lying in wait to pounce if an opportunity to sign the Italian manager presents itself.