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Real Madrid set to make Brazilian teenager a first-team member immediately after signing
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.
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Rival watch: Barcelona midfielder essentially ruled out of Real Madrid clash
In what could be a real deal breaker for Real Madrid ahead of their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg clash against Barcelona, it has been revealed that as many as three Barça will be absent from the game while another key player remains a major doubt.
The list includes the likes of Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Andreas Christensen. The trio is certain to miss the game through respective injuries while a certain Frenkie de Jong is more or less ruled out, as per Javi Miguel.
It must be remembered that Barcelona are heading into the second leg with a 1-0 advantage. But the absence of the aforementioned players means Madrid can work on exploiting the frailties.
Despite the absence of such big names, Barcelona did pretty well against Elche in their previous outing, coming out 4-0 victorious, with the goals coming from Robert Lewandowski, Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres.
With options lacking in midfield, Xavi decided to use the likes of Sergi Roberto and Eric Garcia along with Gavi in the heart of the lineup. In any way, they do have Sergio Busquets and Franck Kessie as backups if needed.
The defence, on the other hand, was perfectly guarded by Jordi Alba, Marcos Alonso, Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde.
One can expect Xavi to once again interchange Araujo with Kounde on the right since the Uruguayan has been rather successful in minimizing the threat of Vinicius Jr.
As far as Madrid are concerned, they are sweating over the fitness of three key defenders, namely, Antonio Rudiger, Nacho, and Ferland Mendy. Between these three, the Frenchman is out for about a month while Rudiger and Nacho are expected to be back before the Clasico.
If there are no casualties against Real Valladolid, Madrid will have a perfect midfield and attack, with only Mariano Diaz missing.
December 2, 2022 at 1:11 am
eagerly waiting to see this prodigy in the merengues’ 1st eleven, good luck Hala Madrid