PSG pull ahead of Chelsea and Real Madrid in Endrick chase

FT Desk
  • FT Desk
  • 19 Nov 2022 16:57 GMT
  • 3 min read
FT Desk 19 Nov 2022 16:57 GMT 3 min read
Endrick, Palmeiras, 2022/23

Brazilian teen sensation Endrick has attracted the interest of many major European clubs, but Paris Saint-Germain are the first to enter into negotiations with the striker's current employers, Palmeiras.

Endrick has burst onto the scene in Brazil this season, becoming Palmeiras' youngest ever debutant at 16 years, two months and 16 days of age, before bagging his first two top-flight goals less than three weeks later.

Chelsea have already given the player and his family a tour of Stamford Bridge and their Cobham training centre, introducing the youngster to Brazilian veteran Thiago Silva, and the player's father has confirmed a similar trip to Real Madrid is planned for the end of November.

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But PSG are keen to steal a march on the competition, and have had a bid accepted for the player according to club specialist Hadrien Grenier.

"PSG has taken action to recruit Endrick, announces the player's father to Canal do Nicola!" he posted on Twitter. "Paris is the only club to have opened negotiations with Palmeiras as it stands, but other clubs are interested."

Palmeiras were previously reported to have slapped a €60 million price tag on Endrick's young head, and although the aforementioned clubs have been flirting with a bid, none has made an acceptable offer until now.

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Likely destination?

As promising as Endrick is, competition for a place in PSG's final third is fierce, with Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and his compatriot Neymar all on the books at the Parc des Princes.

While Chelsea have Silva to take Endrick under his wing, Real will point to the recent experiences of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo at the Bernabeu, both of whom have broken into the first team as teenagers in recent seasons.

Endrick can't move to Europe until he turns 18, which will happen in July 2024. Whether PSG would agree a deal in principle of loan Endrick straight back in the meantime remains to be seen.