Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly remain in a head-to-head battle for Endrick, with Los Blancos the front-runners to sign the Brazilian prodigy.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid are leading the race to sign Endrick. The 15-year-old Brazilian wonderkid prefers joining the Merengues instead of arch-rivals Barcelona and will likely arrive in Spain after he turns 18.

Endrick is deemed the next big thing to emerge in Brazilian football, taking age-group football by storm in recent years. The teenage prodigy has a remarkable record of scoring 167 goals in 170 games at the youth level for Palmeiras, with his exploits getting noticed by several clubs across the Atlantic Ocean.

The 15-year-old recently burst into the limelight following his debut at the Copa Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most prestigious Under-20 tournament. And it is hardly surprising that some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, are interested in his services.

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are renowned for looking for the brightest young talents in Europe and beyond for prodigious youngsters. Such an outlook has fetched the two La Liga heavyweights current first-team regulars who are still in their developing years.

Real Madrid brought several Brazilian prodigies to the Santiago Bernabeu in the last few years, including talismanic figure Vinicius Junior. On the other hand, Barcelona’s youthful unit largely consists of Spanish whizkids like Pedri, Gavi and Nico Gonzalez, with Endrick now emerging on their radar.

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have reportedly been preparing offers to sign the 15-year-old, with the Blaugrana ready to pay €45 million to secure his services. Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s prepared bid has not been quantified. Nonetheless, it looks like the Merengues are leading the race to sign the Brazilian wonderkid from Palmeiras.

Endrick would prefer to join Real Madrid instead of Barcelona, where he can combine with compatriots Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes. But the player will only arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu when he turns 18, with Real Madrid ready to bide time before bringing the teenager to Spain in a deal that they will structure in a similar way as Vinicius Junior’s a few years ago.

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