View: Chelsea should go all guns blazing in pursuit of teen sensation Endrick
Chelsea must be ready to pounce on teenage sensation Endrick after the Brazilian opened up on his desire to play Champions League football in the coming years.
The 16-year-old Palmeiras striker is facing unprecedented interest from Europe’s top clubs, including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but Chelsea have so far led the race to secure the youngsters services.
According to the Evening Standard, the Brazilian’s family will prioritise offers that allow the starlet to grow and develop as a player – a phrase which should resonate with Chelsea’s world-renowned Cobham training centre.
Players such as Reece James, Conor Gallagher and Mason Mount are just a few names to have come through the Blues’ youth system, and Chelsea must use this to their advantage in the race to sign Endrick.
The teenager has already become a household name in Brazil after netting an absurd 165 goals in 169 games for Palmeiras’ youth teams and subsequently becoming the youngest player to make his debut for the club at 16 years, two months and 16 days old.
The forward is touted as the next Neymar in his homeland and continued his rapid ascension a fortnight ago when he scored his first senior goals for the club – becoming the second youngest scorer in Brazilian first-division history.
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According to Fabrizio Romano, the youngster has confirmed he is now studying English but refused to elaborate on where he sees himself playing in the future.
He said: I’m not gonna answer about my future club. Of course, I’d like to play Champions League in 2, 3, 4 years.
“I’m open to all clubs, waiting for the best proposal for me and my family.”
Todd Boehly has already shown his desire to improve Chelsea’s development squad, signing the likes of Carney Chukwuemeka, Cesare Casadei, Eddie Beach and Omari Hutchinson in the summer.
And in turn, The Blues have reportedly put in the groundwork for the signing of Endrick, hosting the Brazilian’s family and facilitating them an opportunity to speak to Thiago Silva while in London.
Chelsea need to go in with all guns blazing for Endrick or risk watching him light up the European stage for many years to come.