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Real Madrid making extra efforts to sign in-demand Brazilian striker – Romano

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Palmeiras forward Endrick has the world at his feet. The 16-year-old, reportedly monitored by a number of European teams, is also wanted by Real Madrid and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed on his podcast that the European champions have been pushing a lot for his signature in the past few days.

The news comes days after it was revealed that the Brazilian team had rejected an approach from Paris Saint-Germain for the 16-year-old attacker, who has scored three goals in seven senior appearances for Palmeiras.

Apart from Real Madrid and PSG, there is also strong interest from Premier League giants Chelsea, while Barcelona have also been mentioned as a suitor, although their financial issues make them an outsider in the race.

PSG made their move and offered up a combined €80 million for Endrick and fellow Palmeiras teenage prodigy Estevao.

But signing Endrick is still pretty much an open race, as reported by Romano.

“There’s still no agreement between Palmeiras and any other club, or on the player’s side,” Romano said in his briefing for CaughtOffside.

“It’s still open and it’s the player who will decide, so more than bids to Palmeiras, it’s about convincing the player. The race remains the same: Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG. All the clubs are still in the race, 100%,” he added.

Real Madrid have enjoyed a lot of success by landing Brazilian talents in the recent past. Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes have become key players of the first-team setup while Reinier Jesus could still be integrated into the setup after his loan spell with Girona.

At the same time, however, PSG have Neymar and Marquinhos, two of Brazil’s senior figures and the temptation of playing alongside the veterans might work in PSG’s favour. 

As things stand, though, the race for Endrick remains open and Real Madrid are working extra hard to try and beat PSG and Chelsea to the 16-year-old’s signing.

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Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report

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Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact. 

As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.

The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.

Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.

Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.

In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.

From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.

In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.

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