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Real Madrid taking steps to sign in-demand €60m Brazilian starlet ahead of Haaland

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Real Madrid’s interest in Palmeiras forward Endrick is more than evident. But what Jose Felix Diaz has written for MARCA comes as a surprise.

According to the journalist, Real Madrid are leading the race mostly because of their approach. They were the first team to invite the footballer and his parents to let them know about the environment he would be getting if signed in 2024.

So for now, all bases are covered as the footballer’s representatives are aware of what Valdebebas is like.

Furthermore, months after his parents’ visit, representatives from the Madrid team travelled to Brazil to see Endrick in action in his first game as a professional footballer. 

It is understood that those sitting in the Madrid offices are treating Endrick as a priority. The reason being the interest he has developed across Europe. But for now, all the suitors can do is watch him in action in Brazil because he is only 16 and it won’t be before 2024 that he can arrive in England.

At the same time, Real Madrid are also keeping close tabs on Erling Haaland, but signing him is no longer seen as a priority, due to wages and his fitness record.

Diaz writes that the Madrid entity has its doubts over the forward’s injury record, which is, in fact, the main concern. On top of that, his salary, which is quoted to be around €1 million per week is another roadblock.

As it turns out, Endrick and his representatives are aware of what Madrid thinks of Haaland. The 16-year-old’s camp does not want him to coincide with the Manchester City superstar at the same place and time as they see the duo as incompatible and it could hamper the youngster’s progress.

Hence, with Real Madrid not prioritising a move for Haaland, their chances of landing Endrick have gone up. The European champions have the edge but in order to close a deal, they must shell out as much as €60 million for the Brazilian, which is his release clause with the Sao Paulo-based team.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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