Palmeiras’ 15-year-old forward Endrick Felipe Moreira de Sousa is yet to play a senior game, but that hasn’t stopped him from being linked with a move to Manchester United.
According to MARCA, all of Europe’s big clubs are circling and chasing the Brazilian wonderkid’s signature.
The youngster recently scored an outrageous overhead kick in the Copinha, a tournament for U20 teams in Sau Paulo.
In that tournament the highly-talented teenager scored five goals in three games across just 90 minutes of playing time.
Palmeiras have “big hopes for the youngster” and have “tried to keep him out of the limelight”, to prevent the European powerhouses circling.
Endrick was held back from a game in the Copinha tournament in order to play a behind-closed-doors intra-squad friendly with the first team.
The youngster cannot play for the first team until he turns 16 in July.
Although Manchester United are rumoured to be interested in signing one of Brazil’s hottest prospects, Premier League clubs are banned from signing international under-18 players under new Brexit rules (Independent).
Alongside the Red Devils, all of Europe’s big clubs have been linked with a move for Endrick, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.
MARCA report that some of the clubs included in the list have already made direct contact with Palmeiras or even held meetings with the whizkid’s family.
The forward, who already has a sponsorship with Nike, has a 17million euro release clause (£14.2m) in his academy contract, but he cannot be signed by a club outside of Brazil until he turns 18.
After snapping up Brazilian stars Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo when they were teenagers, Real Madrid seem to be leading the chase, according to the report.
Manchester United are always keen to sign the most talented academy prospects across the globe and Endrick won’t be any different, but it would be a massive coup if the South American prodigy chose to come to the Premier League over Spain.
United will have to stay patient until the youngster turns 18, unless there is a way to circumvent the regulations, and by time he does reach that age, there is every chance his release clause will have been increased.
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