Real Madrid, much like several other top clubs in Europe, are hot in pursuit of Brazilian wonderkid Endrick. The 16-year-old is making waves with Palmeiras and is set for a big-money move to a Europan giant as soon as he turns 18 in 2024.
Currently, PSG are in pole position to get his signature as they are already lining up a second bid for the player after the Brazilian club rejected their first offer of €45 million.
Madrid, meanwhile, are biding their time, and are not ready to make any hurried moves for the player. They do have different tactics to cement their place properly in the race, though.
According to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano (h/t BernabeuDigital), Madrid have promised to Endrick that if the move to sign him goes through in 2024, they will immediately make him a first-team member.
He will not be a part of Real Madrid Castilla, and will be given a senior squad number.
This decision is more than understandable, too, since the move is expected to cost any team €60 million, at the very least.
Los Blancos have signed a fair few players from Brazil in the recent past, with the likes of Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Renier Jesus standing out. All three of them were sent to the reserve team to develop before getting senior call-ups.
Vinicius, especially, has turned out to be a standout performer for both club and country. His 2021/22 season was one for the ages, as he scored 17 goals and assisted ten times in the league en route domestic success.
Rodrygo, too, has become an essential part of the Madrid squad, playing second fiddle across the attack, with Vinicius, Karim Benzema, and Federico Valverde forming the first-choice trident.
Endrick’s potential has been largely rated higher than both Vini and Rodrygo, and if he can replicate their success consistently, the move will be a success.
Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Atletico Madrid | La Liga
As Real Madrid gear up for their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far against Atletico Madrid, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list for the game at the Civitas Metropolitano.
The biggest news is the inclusion of star forward Vinicius Jr in the squad, with the Brazilian seemingly making an ultra-swift recovery from his injury to make himself available for the Madrid derby.
Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham also makes the squad list after there were some concerns about his situation as he had a stomach issue on Friday.
Arda Guler has trained with the team but is still not ready for his debut while Dani Carvajal also misses out with injury. Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao remain long-term absentees.
Ferland Mendy makes a return to the squad list for a La Liga match after having recovered fully from his injury.
Youngster Nico Paz is still missing due to a knock that led to his absence in the midweek Champions League clash against Union Berlin.