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Real Madrid set to send an offer to sign South American wonderkid imminently – report
According to MARCA, Real Madrid are ready to send an offer to Palmeiras for the signing of 16-year-old striker Endrick in the next few days as they wish to close the deal as soon as possible to beat his other suitors.
Ever since he burst onto the scenes at the Copinha tournament earlier this year, Endrick has been attracting a lot of attention from top clubs across Europe. Real Madrid are ardent admirers of the teenage hitman, while the likes of Barcelona, PSG and Arsenal have taken an interest as well.
In fact, reports claim that PSG have already sent in an offer worth €20 million which has been shot down by Palmeiras, who intend to make around €35-40 million from the sale of the teenage sensation.
In light of these developments, Real Madrid want to act quicky and close the signing of Endrick so as to avoid the risk of losing him to a different club. “If we don’t sign him, someone else will do it,” is said to be the thought process at the club.
Real Madrid have been studying the possibility of the transfer for a long time now. They had invited Endrick and his family to the club earlier this year, from which point on a deal has been in the works.
Following that, as per the report, Real Madrid have been watching Endrick in action closely in Brazil, and have made two separate visits to the striker’s homeland to continue keeping tabs on him.
The reports that they have received on Endrick are very positive, and they have also been able to get close to the player and his entourage as well. All this has now led to the possibility of an opening offer to be made soon for the teenage striker, even though he will only arrive at the club in 2024, when he turns 18.
There is an issue that Los Blancos will need to handle as the report says that Endrick’s camp does not wish to join the club where Erling Haaland will be playing.
That is because in 2024, when the Brazilian will be eligible to arrive in Europe, Haaland will be 24 and the undisputed first-choice striker at whichever club he would be playing and would still have a long time left in front of him in his career.
Such a situation would mean that Endrick might not get the requisite opportunities, which is why the teenager’s entourage does not wish to take him to a club where Haaland is playing.
Given Real Madrid’s interest in signing him when his €200 million release clause comes into effect in 2024, it will be intriguing to see how that impacts their plans to land Endrick from Palmeiras.
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Canadian international says playing against Luka Modric was a ‘lesson’ for him
Real Madrid are blessed to have the services and loyalty of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. The duo have run the show in the Merengues’ midfield for close to a decade and continue to deliver flawless performances to date.
Of the two, however, it is the Croatian who deserves the higher credit. The veteran is now 37 years of age, yet dominates the middle of the park with grace and poise like none other.
Stephen Estuaqio, an FC Porto player and Canada International, spoke earlier this week about why he considered Luka Modric to be a special player and compared him with Kevin de Bruyne to support his stance.
“I played against De Bruyne, but I ran behind Modrić. I couldn’t play against him. It’s crazy how he dictates the game and controls everything. It was a lesson for me,” he said on The 90th minute on Youtube.
With his contract running out next season, Real Madrid are looking to renew his deal by one year come June. Yet, it is difficult to see him continue beyond next season and his imminent departure will mark the end of an era at the club.
Thus, Modric could be an altered role come next season. With a young midfielder, possibly Jude Bellingham set to arrive, the veteran could move into a mentorship role with the occasional appearance in big games.
This season, however, Carlo Ancelotti will continue to use him as one of the backbones of the side and deploy the maestro in the must-win fixtures coming up later this month.
At 37 years of age, Modric has started 16 La Liga games over 24 appearances this season in the competition. He has scored four goals and provided three assists in that process in addition to creating eight big chances with an average of 1.8 key passes per game.