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Real Madrid have spent €242 million on Brazilian youngsters in recent years – report

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Earlier this week, Real Madrid confirmed the acquisition of yet another Brazilian gem in the form of Endrick Felipe. Just 16 years of age, the attacking prodigy will be arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2024, when he turns 18.

Real Madrid splashed a massive sum of €35 million in fixed fees plus €25 million in add-ons to sign Endrick from Palmeiras, beating off competition from the likes of PSG, Chelsea and arch-rivals Barcelona. On top of that, Los Blancos will also be paying €12 million in tax commissions.

Endrick becomes the latest in line of several Brazilian talents that Real Madrid have signed in recent years. After losing out on Neymar to Barcelona, club president Florentino Perez made it a point to recruit the best young talent coming through the ranks in the South American nation.

And this transfer policy has yielded a great degree of success for Real Madrid as well, despite leaving a major dent in their transfer budget.

Indeed, according to Brazilian publication Lance (h/t Mundo Deportivo), the Merengues have spent a total of €242 million on the signing of five Brazilian youngsters in recent times, including the latest acquisition of Endrick.

The 16-year-old stands at the top of the list as the most expensive buy, with the total value of his transfer reaching up to €72 million. Behind him is defender Eder Militao, who was signed from FC Porto in 2019, and cost Real Madrid a sum of €50 million.

The Brazilian defender has become a permanent fixture in the backline for the Spanish giants, and is proving worth every penny that the club spent on him despite a slow start.

The same applies for Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes, who arrived from Flamengo and Santos, respectively and cost Real Madrid a transfer fee of €45 million each.

At the bottom of the list is Reinier Jesus, who Real Madrid signed from Flamengo in a deal worth €30 million. The attacking midfielder, however, is yet to establish himself at the Bernabeu and is currently out on loan at Girona.

The total amount spent on these five Brazilian players comes up to €242 million.

Vinicius Tobias could soon be added to the list as well provided Real Madrid decide to take up the option to make his transfer permanent, which could set them back by another €10 million.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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