Barça met with Endrick’s agents to transfer their interest in the 16-year-old ‘boy prodigy’ from Palmeiras
Barcelona, which is constantly monitoring Endrick, is looking for the formula to be able to tie the center forward at the end of the season
Barcelona has already made a move to be able to tie Endrick, the 16-year-old Palmeiras scorer, who points to a figure. As SPORT has learned, there has already been a first summit in the Catalan capital between the Blaugrana sports management and the professional team that advises the jewel, who traveled from Sao Paulo, to try to align positions.
In the match, Barça told the player’s agents what is an open secret: that the player has been monitored in detail by the technical secretariat for a long time; that Endrick has passed all the filters in the sports area (starting with scouting) and has become one of the club’s sports goals in the Brazilian market. Barcelona considers that Endrick is a footballer with the potential to become, in the medium term, an important name on the international scene. At 16 years old, he has already been called up to the Palmeiras first team, the outstanding leader of the Brasileirao, and he narrowly missed out on his debut in the classic weekend against Santos.
The training categories have outgrown him, and Endrick is already looking for new challenges in his meteoric rise. He has entered the dynamics of the first team and has overcome all sporting challenges in 2022 in which he has added three titles, between the Palmeiras base and the Seleçao Sub-17.
THE TIME TO STRUCTURE THE OPERATION
Barcelona has begun to project the strategy to end up hiring the Palmeiras footballer, who, in July, signed his first three-year professional contract. His termination clause, as has already been published in Brazil, would be 32 million euros. This is a reference value because it is what he paid, in 2016, Manchester City for another youth squad from Verdao, gabriel jesuswho now triumphs at Arsenal.
Barça’s formula to get Endrick would go through a direct negotiation with Palmeiras that would take place next summer, when the current season is over. The Blaugrana club is financially handcuffed and, in principle, does not plan to make any proposal to the albiverde from São Paulo for a footballer who would arrive in Europe in the summer of 2024, when he is of legal age.
The financial scenario rules and Barcelona prioritizes having a certain margin of maneuver in the next winter market, in which there could be some movements in the first squad: how to anticipate operations that, under normal conditions, would have to be closed at the end of the season.
Depending on what happens in the coming months and in the World Cup in Qatar, the club does not rule out that there will be a busy month of January with entrances and some draft exit.
God is inexplicable I just have to thank you, 16🕺🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/0xa2TEghL3
— Endrick (@endrickii) September 19, 2022
THE PSG ON THE LOOK
The main competitor to sign Endrick is not Real Madrid… but PSG, that has the financial muscle to face the operation immediately.
If Barcelona needs to delay the signing of the Palmeira pearl, the Qatari-Parisian club is willing to press the accelerator and start talks with Palmeiras the sooner the better.
PSG has launched a new global recruitment program for promises, whose epicenter is the South American market. Starting by signing Endrick, who is the great jewel in the crown among Brazilian stonemasons, is, as they understand in Qatar, a declaration of principles, that they are serious about going after the best young women on the planet.
It is a plan that, in the long term, would allow PSG to reduce the cost of astronomical signings such as those of Mbappé and Neymar Jr., which, between the two, cost more than 400 million euros between transfers and termination clauses.
The agenda handled by the Parisian club is very ambitious and, as SPORT reported in June, it would also include Andrey Santos, the 18-year-old midfielder for Vasco da Gama, who Barcelona tried to sign earlier this year at the suggestion of Deco, advisor of John Laporta.