Brazilian wonderkid Endrick has fuelled speculation of a transfer to Manchester United, Chelsea or Liverpool after claiming that his ‘dream’ is to play in Europe. The Palmeiras teenager has been linked with the world’s biggest clubs after flying on to the scene in Brazil.
He told Brazilian channel TV Gazeta: “There’s the Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1. I play video games a lot, I make a career out of playing. I watch all the leagues, I play in all the leagues, practically. I see myself playing in any league.
“My dream is to play in Europe, but what I want is to be playing. I’m focused on Palmeiras, and I don’t care where I’ll be playing in the future. Currently, Haaland is a new guy that I look up to, who was almost from my generation. But, of course, there is also [Cristiano] Ronaldo.”
Endrick became Palmeiras’ youngest-ever player and later their second-youngest scorer last month. He had caught the attention of European scouts when playing in international tournaments for Brazil’s U17s while still aged 14.
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The teenager – who does not turn 17 until next July – already has three goals in six appearances since making his debut in October. A left-footed forward most comfortable when coming inside from the right, his finishing style has been compared to Brazil icon Ronaldo.
Chelsea want to strengthen their recruitment of the world’s best young players. Since the Boehly-Clearlake purchase of the west London outfit, there has been a focus on signing players who they can bring through into Graham Potter’s first team.
Omari Hutchinson, Cesare Casadei, Carney Chukwuemeka and Gabriel Slonina are all teenagers who arrived in the summer transfer window. The Blues are desperate to add Endrick to their ranks in 18 months but will face strong competition from the rest of Europe.