Paris St-Germain, Chelsea and Real Madrid have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign a pre-contract agreement with Palmeiras striker Endrick.
The 16-year-old Brazilian, dubbed the “new Neymar”, can leave the club for £52m when he turns 18.
It was previously reported that Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona were speaking to Endrick in order to try and persuade him to join them.
Endrick’s agents were even spotted in Barcelona, speaking with the Blaugrana.
However, Rumours have suggested though that Endrick is open to the move and Real Madrid’s recent record of developing highly-rated Brazilian youngsters into first-team players at the Santiago Bernabeu might help them win the race.
No official bids have been sent to Palmeiras yet, however, according to Fabrizio Romano a bid will be submitted soon.
Endrick’s agent Frederico Pena confirmed that he will play for Palmeiras until he turns 18 years old, in the quote from The Sun.
He said: “He has to play for Palmeiras until he turns 18. Consequently, he’ll play at Palmeiras for at least 22 more months.
“Endrick’s contract with Palmeiras runs until July 2025… He can only move abroad from Brazil from July 2024. No player under the age of 18 can move abroad. He can be sold, but he cannot be transferred.
“In other words, a club comes here, they do a deal with Palmeiras. But he can’t leave. He has to stay at Palmeiras even though he’s already been sold.”