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Man Utd and Chelsea get green light from Endrick as ‘dream’ outlined

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Graham Potter on the loss against Newcastle on Saturday Invalid emailWe use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More infoBrazilian 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. Immigration rules mean that European clubs will not be able to buy Endrick until he turns 18 in 2024. But several teams are attempting to do their early due diligence in the hope they can skip the queue in two years’ time. Wide-ranging reports suggest that Chelsea lead their Premier League rivals. Real Madrid are also said to be interested, while PSG have reportedly already made an offer. Endrick has now confirmed that he ‘dreams’ of playing in Europe, prompting a scramble for his signature. He also revealed that he looks up to Manchester City striker Erling Haaland and wantaway Man Utd star Cristiano Ronaldo.JUST IN: David Beckham ‘shut book in disgust’ after Jagielka asked question Endrick has been linked with Chelsea, Man Utd and other European clubs (Image: GETTY IMAGES)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. DON’T MISS…James Maddison provides World Cup injury update ahead of Iran openerMichael Sheen says Prince William should be ’embarrassed’England receive double boost in first Qatar World Cup training session Chelsea are leading the Premier League race for Endrick (Image: GETTY IMAGES)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. 

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