Palmeiras’ Endrick Felipe Moreira de Sousa, more commonly known as Enderick might have only turned 16, but the striker has caught the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs.
The teenager has scored in just his fourth appearance for Brasileiro Serie A’s most successful club, and is set to play a key role in Palmeiras‘ chase for a record 11th league title.
While 16 might seem extraordinarily young, modern football is dominated by players on the younger side. The likes of Erling Haaland, Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Ansu Fati, and Kylian Mbappe have all burst onto the scene with significant expectations placed on them though each of those players have risen to the occasion.
The likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain have all shown an interest in the player with the general though process being “if we don’t sign him, someone else will do it.”
While PSG have already made an offer of 20 million euros, Real Madrid have been more cautious. The Spanish club entertained Endrick’s parents at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and have since sent scouts to watch the player play in Brazil.
However any move for the player will have to wait until 2024, with the transfer rules dictating that players must be at least 18 years of age when moving internationally.
The Haaland issue
While Manchester City are also admirers of Endrick, the Brazil’s representatives believe he would be served elsewhere. The issue lies not with the club itself but their recent acquisition of Erling Haaland, who will still only be 24 and about to entire the prime years of his career.
The Norwegian is now the benchmark for young strikers. Having plundered goals for both RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund, Haaland is now tearing up Premiere League defences having bagged an astonishing 17 goals in just 11 appearances.
Time will tell if Endrick lives up to his promise, however with two full years to go, anything can happen.