MAN UTD AND CHELSEA READY BIDS FOR WONDERKID DUBBED NEXT NEYMAR
Endrick, the teenager dubbed ‘the next Neymar’, turned 16 on Thursday – and two of the Premier League’s top clubs are already reportedly intent on securing his services. The highly-rated Brazilian, who is said to have scored a staggering 170 goals in 172 career outings, is set to sign a professional deal with Palmeiras – the club he has been with since the age of 11. Unfortunately for Palmeiras fans, they probably won’t have long to enjoy his outrageous talents. Endrick is tipped for a bright future in European football – something that is not lost on media in the South American country.
Journalists are expected to be out in force to capture the moment Endrick inks his Palmeiras contract. For most 15-year-olds, the attention might be a little overwhelming. For a youngster that has appeared on the front page of Spanish newspaper Marca on three occasions already in his career, the spotlight is nothing new.
Endrick was the star of the show at this year’s ‘Copinha’ – Brazil’s most prestigious youth competition – where he bagged Player of the Tournament honours, despite being only 15 in an Under 21s event. He also went viral after scoring an outrageous bicycle kick during the tournament that many consider to be a contender for the prestigious Puskas Award.
Seriously, this lad’s already got a highlight reel most players can only dream of. It’s little wonder that calls are already growing in some quarters for him to be included in Tite’s World Cup squad later this year. That may be a bridge slightly too far right now for Endrick, but the young star does admit that his days of competing at youth level are done.
Which Premier League clubs are interested in Endrick?
Endrick himself may only have just fully realised his potential, but Europe’s biggest teams have been aware of it for quite some time. According to a report from The Sun earlier this week, both Manchester United and Chelsea are preparing to submit bids once Endrick is officially a Palmeiras player.