Endrick Felipe, a Brazilian sensation, now prefers to join Real Madrid, and a deal to bring him to the Bernabeu is anticipated to be finalized before the end of this year.
One of the most sought-after young players in football, the 16-year-old forward is being pursued by clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain.
Clubs are vying to sign him to a contract even though he cannot leave his current club Palmeiras until 2024. In an effort to land the wonderkid, Chelsea upped their charm offensive in November, inviting the player’s family to the team’s Cobham training facility and enlisting Thiago Silva’s assistance in selling the idea.
After that visit, reports indicated Endrick Felipe’s choice was at one point to join Chelsea, but UOL Sport now asserts the adolescent prefers a move to Real.
Last month, PSG made a preliminary offer of €45 million for the teenager, which Palmeiras promptly rejected in favor of bids that would satisfy his €60 million release clause.
Real Madrid will instead offer the majority of the price up front, with the remaining portion coming in bonuses and within reachable objectives.
According to the source, Palmeiras is content with such conditions, and an agreement is only a “matter of time” away.
In recent years, Real has acquired two of Brazil’s top young players under similar circumstances.
In 2017, Vinicius Jr., at 16 years old, was acquired by Real from Flamengo for €46 million, making him the second-most expensive acquisition in Brazilian league history.
They signed Santos’ 17-year-old Rodrygo in 2018, and both are now important players in the Spanish city.
Endrick Felipe made his Palmeiras senior debut in October and has since scored three goals for the team.
The athlete has the mentality to match his potential to push him all the way to the top, according to Joao Paulo Sampaio, head of the Palmeiras academy, who helped monitor his growth at the Brazilian giants.
‘If injuries respect him, I don’t see a ceiling for him,” Sampaio told AS. ‘As far as is humanly possible. He has quality, a strong personality and a champion mentality. In that regard, he resembles Cristiano [Ronaldo].
‘He trains hard, is kind and has humility. We love him very much because he makes himself loved. He tries to please everyone around him. He has everything to be a world star in the future.’
Who is Endrick Felipe
Endrick Felipe Moreira de Sousa, also known as Endrick Felipe or just Endrick, is a Brazilian footballer who competes for Campeonato Brasileiro Série A team Palmeiras as a striker. He was born on July 21, 2006. He is regarded as one of the world’s top football prospects.
Endrick, a Brazilian native, began playing football when he was four years old. Douglas Sousa, his father, posted his son’s goals on YouTube and searched for takers among the major Brazilian clubs.
After learning that his father was unable to provide for his family, Endrick Felipe made a commitment to play professional football. Before being hired by Palmeiras as a cleaner, his father was jobless.
At age 11, he joined the Palmeiras youth team after he almost signed with So Paulo.
For Palmeiras’ youth squads over the course of five years, he scored 165 goals in 169 games. He played in the 2022 Copa So Paulo de Futebol Junior, where he led Palmeiras to victory and scored seven goals in seven games. The crowd chose him as Player of the Tournament.
Major European clubs and the international press were interested in him after the event.
On October 6, 2022, Endrick Felipe made his professional debut in the second half of Palmeiras’ Série A victory over Coritiba. He made his debut for Palmeiras as a player at the age of 16 years, 2 months, and 16 days.
On October 25, he scored his first two goals in a 3-1 victory over Athletico Paranaense, moving up to second place among all first-division Brazilian goal scorers in terms of age after Toninho de Matos.
How Good Is Endrick?
Endrick Felipe, a left-footed attacker with a potent shot, has been compared to the great Brazilian forwards Ronaldo and Romário.
He responded, “I’ll always fight. I’ll be persistent and try until the last minute I’m in the game. I never give up, I pressure defenders, I run more than anyone else on the pitch.”
Ronaldinho Gaucho is his hero. He is regarded as one of Brazil’s top soccer prospects.