The 16-year-old sensation who's set for Real Madrid
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Real Madrid are set to sign another Brazilian starlet. AS understands that Los Blancos have agreed to buy Endrick for €35m + €25m in add-ons.
How much Madrid end up paying depends on how he performs. The objectives the club have set him aren’t easy: the Golden Boy, goals, trophies…
Endrick is a left-footed centre-forward with great pace and power. He’s particularly good with his back to goal; he holds the ball up very well.
Blessed with an impressive physique, he’s a fine dribbler and has a venomous shot. He has nine goals and one assist in 16 games for Palmeiras.
As well as being talented, he’s humble. When his parents took him from Brasilia to Sao Paulo, some of the city’s teams closed their doors to him.
Palmeiras decided to take a chance on him. They raised money to pay for major dental surgery that his father needed, and gave him a job.
When Endrick signed his first professional contract, the player returned the favour by allowing the club to set a high release clause.
Endrick's transfer to Real Madrid will be registered in FIFA’s TMS online system, but won’t go through until he turns 18, in 2024.
Because of his age, FIFA rules only allow him to sign a three-year contract. However, a three-year extension has already been agreed for 2027.
Endrick will earn around €2m a season pre-tax, although that figure will increase slightly each year, as was the case with Vinícius’ first Madrid deal.
Player and club have agreed to split his image rights 50-50. At 16, he already has endorsements with major firms like Nike and OdontoCompany.
Endrick represents a real coup. Chelsea and Barcelona also wanted him, and PSG bid €80m for him and fellow Palmeiras prospect Estevao.
Juni Calafat is the architect of the deal. He’s Madrid’s chief scout and director of international football. Those close to him describe him as “football mad”.
Calafat has been working on the transfer for quite a while. He was the first to take an interest in Endrick when he was just 15.
Endrick is the future of Madrid’s forward line. He’ll share the attack with compatriots Rodrygo and Vinícius, although he’ll need time to find his feet.
He is likely to play for Castilla for a period. Madrid’s future is sorted, but in the coming windows they need to strengthen for the here and now.