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

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

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

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

Clubs from across the continent are attempting to lure the 16-year-old away from his homeland in Brazil.

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

Chelsea to take on Xavi for Endrick

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

They attempted to charm the youthful forward by inviting him and his family to Cobham  and also meet with Brazilian legend Thiago Silva.

Boehly appears to be on the charm offensive, but might also require the big bucks to beat off the competition.

It could cost £52m to pull Endrick away from Palmeiras, a pretty hefty price to pay for a player who cannot even legally drink in England yet.

Other teams will also be debating the cost of such a transfer, including Xavi and his chain of command.   

“We have been speaking with his father and also directly with the player. I explained the project we have in Barcelona. We want talent and he is a talent, capable of making a difference,” said the Barca boss.

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

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“It’s the type of player we need. He already knows the project we have at Barcelona and we are talking. He hopes he becomes 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 by Endrick.”

Spanish sunshine compared to British downpour might be an influencing factor for Endrick.

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

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced 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. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."