Real Madrid don’t want to spend more on this youngster than they spent on Vinicius Jr.

Real Madrid, Vinicius Jr. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Vinicius Jr. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid are as ambitious as ever when it comes to assembling their attack of the future. Kylian Mbappe seems like a given at this point, and the club already has one of the other best wingers in the world in Vinicius Jr. And they are fully expected to pursue Erling Haaland, who seems to still favor a move to the Santiago Bernabeu despite this projected wealth of talent.

And yet Los Blancos are after one more player of the future in the attack. Endrick of Palmeiras, who made global headlines with this bicycle kick from outside the box.

Real Madrid is very much interested in signing the 15-year-old when he is 18 and able to make the move to the Bernabeu. There is a lot of discussion regarding how much Endrick could cost now that the cat is fully out of the bag. Endrick has made it crystal clear that he loves Madrid, having given interviews, been seen with the kit, and been recruited by Vinicius Jr. himself. But there will be stiff competition for the player, as basically every other prestigious club wants him. Including eternal rivals Barcelona.

According to a report from Manu de Juan of AS, Real Madrid want to sign Endrick but won’t pay more than 45 million euros for the teenager. That is the max price they have set for their top target of the future.

If Real Madrid want Endrick, they will get him

Endrick is often compared to Vinicius Jr., and the comparison holds true in a way here. Because Real paid this amount for Vini a few years ago, they are setting a limit based on precedent. They do not want to spend more on Endrick than they did on their current starting left winger.

It makes sense. As my colleague Umid Dey wrote, Real Madrid need to be careful here. Endrick is a hell of a talent, but he is very much unproven. Paying too much for a teenager who is not a first-team player yet is a big risk. And some may even say, including Umid, that 45 million euros for such a player is already quite high.

With Palmeiras kicking around the idea of a 100 million euro release clause, the conversation of cost is a topic. But I would not be worried as a Madridista, even if you believe Endrick is the real deal. That’s because a player would not accept such a release clause unless something shady went on. A release clause that high would be onerous and would essentially bar Endrick from taking the next step. That’s not happening.

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If Real Madrid want him and he wants Real, he will go to the Bernabeu. I believe that will be the case here. And if Juni Calafat and the technical staff in Madrid are sold on him, Florentino Perez will have no problem spending the 45 million euros that it will seemingly take to sign him. We know how much Perez loves signing the next big thing.