Man Utd told to pay £35m for South American forward
Manchester United are allegedly interested in signing Brazilian wonderkid Endrick.
After breaking onto the scene in his hometown with Palmeiras, the 16-year-old is reportedly being tracked by a slew of big European clubs.
Endrick has yet to make his competitive debut for the Brasileiro squad, although he has six goals in seven appearances for their Under-20s in the Copinha 2022.
The teenager has also scored five goals and assisted once in four Under-17s games for Brazil, and he inked his first professional deal with Palmeiras earlier this year.
Endrick is committed to his childhood club until the summer of 2025, but that is unlikely to dissuade interested teams from pursuing him in the coming years.
According to Brazilian writer Jorge Nicola, who reports for The Sun, Manchester United is one of several European teams keeping a careful eye on Endrick’s growth.
According to the source, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United have joined the fight for the forward, and bids are being readied by all three clubs.
Endrick is said to have a £35 million release clause in his current contract with Palmeiras, but Premier League clubs are said to be already on the back foot in the competition.
Nicola adds that Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are both in a strong position to fight for the services of the Brazil Under-17 international, with the Ligue 1 champions now at the top of the line.
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An fierce struggle between teams for personal terms appears to be on the horizon, as clubs want to entice a Brazilian midfielder away from the club where he has scored a phenomenal 165 goals at junior level.
Endrick spoke with Marca earlier this year, during which he expressed his ambition to play for great teams like as Barcelona and Real Madrid.
“I try not to think on the future, but rather about the here and now.” “Of course, I want to play in Europe with the Brazilian national team and win trophies,” Endrick said.
“I have a lot of love for Real Madrid because of Cristiano [Ronaldo], although I have also looked up some of their history and they are a very good team.
“It is very gratifying for me to know that they are watching me and seeing my games. I am very grateful to God for that. I have to do more, it’s not good enough yet, I have to give more. I still have a way to go.
“They are a very good team too, spectacular, with incredible players, some of whom have already left, such as [Lionel] Messi, Xavi [Hernandez] and [Andres] Iniesta. It’s good that one of the best clubs in the world follows me as a player and a person. I thank God very much.”