Midfielders have been in huge demand throughout the ongoing summer transfer window in Europe.
Over the course of the past two months, European football has witnessed three young midfielders attract a price tag of more than £100 million.
The players in question are Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham, Arsenal’s Declan Rice, and Moises Caicedo, who has recently joined Chelsea.
Earlier this year, Chelsea also snapped up Argentine World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez for a fee of around £106.8 million (€121 million).
Jamie Carragher labels Bellingham as the best
Despite the growing list of young midfielders raking in bids of over £100 million, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher thinks Bellingham still tops the list.
In a recent interaction on Sky Sports, Carragher has ranked the £100 million valued midfield transfers in 2023, rating Bellingham as the best.
“I will put Bellingham first, Enzo because of this weekend’s performance, Declan Rice next and Caicedo,” Carragher said.
The former defender’s interaction happened shortly after Chelsea confirmed the deal to sign Caicedo from Brighton & Hove Albion, who will join ranks with Enzo in the middle of the park at Stamford Bridge.
Carragher’s high bar for Bellingham, though, is hardly surprising as the Englishman has already started his Real Madrid career on a strong note.
After joining the club for a fee of £115 million with add-ons, the young midfielder scored his first goal for the club last weekend.
Apart from the goal, Bellingham showed tremendous maturity and leadership, which was enough to indicate the quality he brings to the table.
Although there is a long way ahead, Real Madrid’s investment in Bellingham could end up being one of the smartest ones in recent years and Jamie Carragher certainly approves.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.