Real Madrid have never shied away when it comes to splashing the cash on young players from Brazil.
In recent years, the Spanish giants have poached stars such as Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior, both of whom have gone on to become a crucial part of the first-team setup.
Real Madrid are not expected to abandon their scouting mission in Brazil anytime soon either, with the club scouring the market for upcoming talents that can prove to be assets for the team in the years to come.
One of those targets was Endrick of Palmeiras, who is regarded as one of the most talented young players in Brazilian football right now. The youngster has already made a solid impression in the lower leagues and has notably scored six times in seven matches for the U20 setup.
However, according to a fresh report from Marca, Real Madrid are unlikely to pursue a deal for the Palmeiras whizkid at this very moment.
The reigning European champions are aware of the fact that Endrick, aged just 16, has to stay in Brazil for at least two more years before he can be eligible to move to Spain.
Real Madrid have also had their fair share of issues regarding La Liga’s rule of only registering three non-EU players in the squad. It has become a major obstacle in their quest to sign young talents from Brazil, even though Vinicius Junior was recently handed a Spanish passport.
However, the biggest obstacle for Real Madrid in their pursuit of Endrick could be the player’s hefty €60 million price tag. It is quite a fortune for a player who is yet to prove himself on the first-team level. Not to mention, the youngster will not be eligible to move to Santiago Bernabeu immediately.
Hence, Real Madrid are unlikely to pursue this transfer, though it will not come as a surprise to see them continue keeping track of Endrick’s progress in the coming years.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.