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Chelsea are “frontrunners” to sign Brazilian youngster Endrick

Graham Potter is going through a rough patch as Chelsea manager at the moment, not winning in the Premier League since a 2-0 victory against Aston Villa on 16 October.

With today’s match against Newcastle United being the last before the World Cup halts the domestic season, Potter will be aiming for all three points before turning his thoughts to the January transfer window.

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Chelsea already look like they have made a head start, with Fabrizio Romano claiming that the club are “frontrunners” along with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain to sign Brazilian sensation Endrick.

The 16-year-old has a release clause of €60m (£52m) and while this may seem expensive considering his age, the youngster’s potential is frightening.

In fact, his prodigious talent has been enough for Chelsea to host his family at their training ground, even enlisting the help of fellow Brazilian Thiago Silva in the hope that he can persuade Endrick to sign for the London club.

He became the youngest ever player to feature in the first team for Palmeiras at just 16 years two months and 16 days old, while he has gone on to score three goals in just six senior appearances.

Journalist Renato Maurício Prado described him as a “phenomenon” while speaking to News.TVS.24 (via Football London) and also that he could be “like Neymar” which would be massive for Potter.

Indeed, the Englishman might just unearth a new £200m talent – the fee that Neymar was sold to PSG for in 2017 – in Endrick, but he faces some serious competition for his signature.

Despite his tender age, it already looks like he has settled into professional football with ease, although, Chelsea supporters should not expect an instant impact from the forward.

When Real Madrid signed Vinicius Jr from Flamengo in 2017 when he was just 16, it took the winger four seasons before he scored more than ten goals in a season for the LaLiga side, proving that it takes time for even the most talented of players to adapt.

With Potter inheriting a side that the previous manager Thomas Tuchel had built, there is no doubt he will be given money to spend in January, with Endrick potentially being one of the 47-year-old’s first and most exciting signings in west London.

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