Real Madrid have built up quite the reputation when it comes to signing Brazilian wonderkids and turning them into first-team superstars. Vinicius Junior is one of the best players in the world right now. On the other hand, Rodrygo is on the verge of establishing himself as a starter as well, and he reminded the world what he is capable of with a brace against Chelsea in the Champions League away at Stamford Bridge.
The club made a big splash recently as well, agreeing a €60 million transfer package with Palmeiras for Endrick, who is still just 16 years of age. He will arrive in the Spanish capital in 2024.
It looks like Los Blancos are continuing to keep their eyes on the brightest Brazilian talents though. And one who has caught their attention has a €200 million release clause in his current deal with Flamengo. It is Matheus Franca. There is a lot of competition for his signature though.
As reported by Globoesporte (via AS), Crystal Palace have sent a club representative to Brazil to watch Franca. Flamengo have already turned down offers of €20 million from Newcastle United and Bayer Leverkusen. Real Madrid have been tracking the youngster since 2021.
Real Madrid want Brazilian with €200 million release clause
While there might be an astronomical release clause in Franca’s deal, one would expect his actual transfer fee to be significantly lower if or when he does leave Flamengo. There does not seem to be any lack of suitors for his signature.
Franca has the ability to play both as an attacking midfielder and as a centre-forward, and he has already shown a good eye for goal. He is also just 19 years of age and expected to get better with time and experience.
It is not hard to understand why Real Madrid would be interested in signing Franca, considering the success that they have had in recent times when signing Brazilian wonderkids.