The presence of Erling Haaland at Manchester City makes the Premier League giants an unlikely destination for Liverpool, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur target Endrick de Sousa, according to Marca.
If you were wondering what all the fuss was about – why Europe’s superclubs are queuing up to sign a 16-year-old who hasn’t even made his debut in the top flight of the Brazilian football – then the goal Endrick scored against Corinthians’ U20 side over the weekend should answer a couple of your questions.
The teenager picks up possession just inside the opposite half and wastes no time racing towards the penalty area. From about 25 yards out, he fires a laser-guided shot into the bottom corner. With his weaker right foot, no less.
Arguably no teenager in Brazilian football this side of the century has dominated the youth game more comprehensively than Endrick. And we include Neymar and Vinicius Junior in that.
Who will win the race for Palmeiras wonderkid Endrick de Sousa?
“I think he’s like a Ronaldo or Romario. So far, he has shown brilliant finishing potential,” UOL reporter Daniel Lavieri says of Enrick.
“We are looking at the new promise of Brazilian football. Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and other teams have an eye on him.”
Agent Wagner Ribero, meanwhile, admits that Endrick has already held talks with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and AC Milan. Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United are both considering bids of their own, per Jorge Nicola. A reported £33 million release clause in Endrick’s contract is not going unnoticied.
One club Endrick appears unlikely to join, however, is Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions, Marca say, are ‘some distance away’ from winning the race for arguably the game’s most coveted teenager. The presence of one Erling Haaland, not to mention Julian Alvarez, means that there would be a rather sizeable obstacle in Endrick’s path if he was to complete a big-money move to the Etihad Stadium.