'Huge': Fabrizio Romano says teenager will cost £50m, after claims Chelsea are leading the race to sign him

Fabrizio Romano has named the price it will cost Chelsea to sign Endrick following his new deal with Palmeiras.

Romano exclusively delivered the news that Endrick had signed a first professional contract with the Brazilian side.

Endrick signs a new deal

The teenager agreed a pack with Palmeiras until 2025, including a release clause of €60m (£50m).

The fact the forward is still only 15-years-old hints at how highly he is rated amongst his own circles.

But his value is also a response to the interest he’s been receiving from across the globe.

Endrick came to the attention of many European clubs during the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior earlier this year.

He scored seven goals in seven games in the competition as Palmeiras went on to lift the trophy, thus being named the Player of the Tournament.

Arguably his most eye-catching moment came against Oeste, where he scored an audacious bicycle kick from outside of the area, earning a response from Gary Lineker.

Chelsea chase after the talented teenager

Amongst the intrigued onlookers were scouts from Chelsea, who seemingly enjoyed what they witnessed from the young prodigy.

In January, Sky Sports reported that the Premier League side, along with Manchester City, had a ‘very good chance’ of signing Endrick.

However, neither are allowed near his signature until he turns 16 in July.

Palmeiras have certainly done their bit to try and ward off the approaches from the English giants by tying him down to a three-year contract.

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The player himself also attempted to move away from Chelsea’s clutches by committing to his current club earlier in the campaign.

“I have to focus on Palmeiras, where I want to become an idol,” revealed Endrick in February.

Surely this declaration, and the £50m price tag, will make the Blues reconsider sending a cheque over to Brazil any time soon.

Just think who Todd Boehly could buy for £50m…

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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 for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.