Speaking in an interview recently, Barcelona coach Xavi spoke about Brazilian wonderkid Endrick. Rather openly, as well. He confirmed talks with the player and his father, and straight up confirmed that the Catalans ‘want’ him.
“We have been talking to his father and also directly with the player. I explained the project we have at Barcelona. We want talent and he is a talent, capable of making a difference,” he said.
Speaking on the same beat of the drum, Xavi said he hoped to see Endrick sign for Barcelona, “He is the type of player we need. He already knows the project we have at Barcelona and we are talking. I hope he joins Barça.
While this would, ideally, give the Catalans a huge boost in pursuit of the youngster, Barcelona are still trailing Real Madrid and PSG in the race. In fact, MARCA has confirmed that Madrid recently sent scouts to Brazil, returning with very good reports.
Madrid are believed to be the first club to show interest in Endrick, but are yet to make a definitive proposal for the striker. In fact, they are not interested in entering a bidding war, and will only move ahead with the signing if the teenager decides to reject other offers.
Chelsea are also in the ring hoping for Endrick’s signature, but it seems PSG are the ones on the highest rung of the ladder, having spoken to Palmeiras already about a tentative move.
“Paris Saint-Germain are the only club that opened negotiations with Palmeiras with an official proposal, as things stand,” said Douglas, who is thought to be playing a key role in helping his son decide his future.
Evidently, there is a ton of interest for Endrick among top clubs from Europe, but a move in the summer is entirely dependent on the clubs paying his €60 million release clause. Palmeiras have left no room to negotiate the contract, with Endrick taking the onus to choose his eventual destination.
Real Madrid the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.