Endrick Felipe Moreira, despite his young age, is on the verge of becoming a world-class forward, with LaLiga Santander giants Real Madrid and Barcelona already keeping an eye on him.
FIFA does not allow clubs to recruit overseas players under the age of 18, therefore none of the clubs will be allowed to sign him before he turns 18. Both the Blaugrana and Los Blancos, on the other hand, are eager to prepare for the arrival of the Brazilian prodigy, who has impressed with his exploits for Palmeiras this season.
Endrick scored a bicycle kick from the edge of the box against Oeste a few days ago to help Palmeiras qualify for the Copinha semi-finals, a competition that brings together the top young talents in Brazil and has previously included players like Neymar, Vinicius, and Casemiro.
Endrick failed to score in the semi-final against Sao Paulo, but he will get another opportunity in the final against Santos on Tuesday.
At the age of 15, the left-footed striker stands 1.73m tall and has played more than 150 games for Palmeiras’ minor teams, averaging over one goal per game. Nike has already agreed to sponsor the player.
Real Madrid and the South American market
Real Madrid tried failed to get Neymar before signing Vinicius, Rodrygo, and Reinier at an early age in an attempt to locate their own Lionel Messi from South America.
Endrick has emerged as Brazil’s next big thing, and Real Madrid are eager to tie up a deal that will see him join the club when he turns 18, much like they did with Vinicius.
Baby steps in the Endrick pursuit
Endrick is not allowed to sign a professional contract until he reaches the age of 16, and he is not allowed to play for a European team until he reaches the age of 18.
FIFA is considering modifying this rule because they feel European clubs will provide a better environment for young players’ development as footballers and as people.
For the time being, it stays in place, thus Real Madrid and Barcelona can only take baby steps forward in their latest transfer war.