Brazilian youngster Endrick Felipe is deemed to be the next superstar coming out of Brazil. The 16-year-old caught the eye of top European clubs like Real Madrid, PSG and Chelsea. But in the end, the Spanish club won the race for the signature of the Palmeiras talent.
Endrick currently plays for the Brazilian club Palmeiras. He has the best goal per 90 min ratio in the 2022 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A and he is amongst the most highly-rated talents to come out of Brazil.
Palmeiras president said that this transfer is the “Biggest sale in Brazilian football history”. Real Madrid has agreed on a €35m fixed fee along with €25m add-ons, which makes it a total of €60m. Los Blancos will also pay an additional €12m in taxes.
Endrick will join Real Madrid in July 2024 when he will turn 18 years. This is because the international transfer rules require the player to be at least 18 when they leave their country. His contract with Real Madrid is up to 2027 with an option to make it up to 2030.
Real Madrid wrote in the official statement: “Real Madrid C. F., Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, and Endrick and his family have reached an agreement that allows the player to join Real Madrid when he reaches legal age in July 2024.”
“Until then, Endrick will continue training with S. E. Palmeiras. The player will travel to Madrid in the upcoming days to visit our club’s facilities.”
Endrick will continue to grow at Palmeiras in the next one and half years, and after he arrives at the Bernabeu he will be the deputy of Benzema and ultimately take over the baton from him.
Real Madrid will be able to boast an all-Brazilian attack – Vinicius Jr, Endrick and Rodrygo Goes. Los Blancos also has defender Eder Militao in their ranks which makes up their Brazilian contingent. They are trying to build a young team who would keep Real Madrid at the top for many more years to come.
Rabiot offered to Barcelona for next summer
Adrien Rabiot has re-established himself as one of Europe’s best midfielders following his stellar campaign in the 2022 World Cup, driving France to the final against Argentina.
The French midfielder’s future at Juventus continues to be a subject of speculation, as his contract runs out next summer.
While several European giants, including Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Chelsea, are hot on the trail of Rabiot, Barcelona have now joined the race.
Diario Sport reports that the Frenchman has been offered to the Catalan club as a free agent for the summer of 2023.
Rabiot has repeatedly expressed his desire to try out a new challenge, having come close to leaving the Bianconeri for Man Utd last summer before the move collapsed at the last moment.
Barca are actively searching for a successor to Sergio Busquets, who is reportedly set to move to MLS outfit Inter Miami next summer.
Franck Kessie could also follow Busquets through the exit door, having struggled for game time this season.
Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race to land the Ivorian midfielder next summer. Rabiot looks like an excellent option, especially when he is available for free.
The former PSG star is known for his scoring prowess, an aspect which is absent with the current crop of Barca midfielders.
Depay has an offer from Galatasaray
Turkish giants Galatasaray have sounded out Barcelona to sign Memphis Depay in January, another report from Diario Sport suggests.
Depay has been deemed surplus to requirements, and the Catalan giants are looking to offload him as early as January.
Man Utd, Chelsea and Sevilla have been credited with an interest in Depay, but Galatasaray are the only club said to have made a formal offer.
However, the Dutch forward is not considering the idea of moving to Turkey as he wishes to play for a more prominent club.
Inaki Pena set for a renewal
Barcelona are set to extend Inaki Pena’s contract – which expires next summer – as they have prepared a three-year renewal, according to a report from Diario AS.
The Spanish goalkeeper continues to be an understudy for Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but Barca believe the La Masia graduate has a promising future at Camp Nou.
The 23-year-old spent the second half of the last season on loan at Galatasaray before returning to Barca in the summer.
Pena has made only one appearance this season, which came in the Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen.