World Cup: Players 'should have worn the armbands' says Keane
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Liverpool may have already fallen behind in the race to land highly-rated Palmeiras forward Endrick, with Paris Saint-Germain having reportedly gained the upper hand in the battle to secure his signature in the not-too-distant future. Endrick has emerged as one of the world’s best young talents over the last few years and is widely expected to make a high-profile move to Europe at some point soon, with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona said to be keeping a close eye on his development in Brazil.
Liverpool have also been credited with a strong desire to bring Endrick to Anfield but face being beaten in the race to snap him up by PSG, who have already taken steps to put the wheels in motion regarding a move to the French capital. They have already submitted a mega-money offer worth around £70million for the youngster and his team-mate Estevao, according to Globo, although this bid is said to fall below Palmerias’ valuation of the duo.
The offer has already been rejected out of hand as a result, with Endrick’s future set to ‘be taken together with the athlete, family, businessmen and technical commission’. The player’s father delivered an update on the situation to confirm that PSG are the only side to have submitted any concrete bids but refused to rule out the possibility of Endrick moving to another club when quizzed on the topic by Canal do Nicola.
“Paris Saint-Germain are the only club that opened negotiations with Palmeiras with an official proposal, as things stand,” he said. “There are many clubs from different countries keen on signing him. PSG have already moved.”
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The teenager himself has already confirmed that he is learning English in a major hint that a Premier League switch could be on the horizon if Liverpool decide to firm up their interest in the near future, while the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City are also believed to be weighing up the idea of joining the hunt when the transfer window reopens in January.
“I’m not gonna answer about my future club,” Endrick told Gazzetta dello Sport after revealing that he is taking English language lessons. “Of course, I’d like to play Champions League in two, three or four years. I’m open to all the clubs, waiting for the best proposal for me and my family.”
Endrick is arguably the most exciting South American star to emerge from the region since Neymar and has already been compared to Pele by by ex-Flamengo ace Renato Mauricio Prado, who believes that he should have been considered for a place in the Brazil squad for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
“I also took [Endrick] because he’s looking like it, everything indicates that he’s going to be a phenomenon, he’s going to be a phenomenon like Neymar and like other players that Brazilian football has had.” said Prado. “It’s always good to remember that, at the age of 15, Pele was already playing for Santos’ professional team and at 16 he was world champion.”
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