Manager confirms interest in attacker who Chelsea are also trying to sign

Xavi has confirmed that Barcelona are also on the hunt alongside Chelsea to sign Endrick from Palmeiras.

Speaking to ESPN, Xavi expressed his desire to secure the teenager’s signature ahead of Todd Boehly and other suitors.

Endrick is arguably the most popular player among European heavyweights right now.

Clubs from across the continent are trying to lure the 16-year-old away from his native Brazil.

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He is a young man in high demand, but only one will be able to capture his loyalty.


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Chelsea will face Xavi for Endrick

It looks like Chelsea are very much in the mix to win the race for Endrick’s loyalty.

They tried to charm the young striker by inviting him and his family to Cobham and also meeting Brazilian legend Thiago Silva.

Boehly appears to be on the charm offensive, but he may also require a lot of money to beat the competition.

It could cost £52m to pry Endrick away from Palmeiras, a hefty price to pay for a player who is still not legally allowed to drink in England.

Other teams will also debate the cost of such a move, including Xavi and his chain of command.

“We have been talking to his father and also directly to the player. I explained to him the project we have in Barcelona. We want talent and he is a talent, capable of making a difference,” said the Barcelona coach.

“He has the goal, he has the dribbling, he has a brutal ability to make the difference. He is a player of the present, who already plays in the Brazilian league, and also of the future.

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“He is the type of player we need. He already knows the project we have in Barcelona and we are talking. Hope to become our player. It depends on him. It always depends on the player. Usually, a player will end up playing where he wants to play. So it’s a very personal decision for Endrick.

The Spanish sun compared to the British downpour could be a factor for Endrick.

Barcelona’s recent La Liga renaissance compared to Graham Potter’s poor run of results may also come into play.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles on the club’s official website and matchday programme. She covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from the league to the Premier League.

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