Real Madrid have announced the signing of Endrick from Brazilian side Palmeiras, as reported by Marca.
The 16-year-old Brazilian will not join Los Blancos until the summer of 2024, by which time he will have turned 18 and will be able to join the Madrid squad.
Endrick will follow in the same footsteps as compatriots Vinícius and Rodrygo, who both made the move to Brazil to the Spanish giants as teenagers. The investment in the operation will also be similar: it will be a fixed sum of €35m and could reach €60m depending on variables for objectives.
Real Madrid fought off competition from PSG, Chelsea and Barcelona to secure the signing of the teenage star.
Madrid, however, were the first to invite the player and his parents to visit Madrid and the Valdebebas Sports City, which will be the place of work of the young player from July 2024.
“I thank Palmeiras, champions of America and the world and, forever, the club of my heart, for having offered me everything I needed to be what I am today, helping me to fulfil my dreams and respecting my wishes and those of my family,” Endrick told the Palmeiras official media channels.
“Until I report to Real Madrid, I will continue to dedicate myself as I have always done so that I can offer Palmeiras even more on the pitch: more goals, more victories, more titles and even more happiness for our fans,” he added.
Endrick is expected to return to training with Palmeiras on 2 January. Before that, he will visit the facilities of his new club, Real Madrid.
GSFN | Kieran Quaile