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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, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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