Richarlison makes transfer prediction for Chelsea target compared to Brazil great Adriano – news of soccer
Tottenham striker Richarlison has spoken about compatriot Endrick, who has been attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs after bursting onto the scene in Brazil
Brazil star Richarlison has set the bar high for Endrick – the youngster being tipped as the South American nation’s next footballing superstar.
Teenage forward Endrick became Palmeiras’ youngest-ever player when he made his debut at the age of 16 and scored his first goals for the club on October 25. The youngster was linked with Manchester City and Liverpool in January, while Chelsea are among those mentioned in connection with him more recently.
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Richarlison himself has been a key man for his country at the World Cup, helping them break Serbia’s resistance in the opening game. Tite’s side are among the favourites to go all the way in Qatar, but the longer-term future also looks bright.
“Trust me, I can say that Endrick is impressive, he’s very strong and talented,” Richarlison said. The Spurs man impressed on home soil himself before moving to Europe at the age of 20 and has a record of 19 senior international goals in 40 appearances.
“He reminds me of Adriano,” he continued. “I watched him playing with Brasil and Palmeiras; I think in two years, he’ll arrive in Europe.”
Former Brazil star Adriano was once among the hottest properties in world football, playing for the Selecao at the 2006 World Cup. He thrived at Inter Milan after starting out at Flamengo but suffered a sharp decline before playing his final game for Brazil before the age of 30.
While a number of Premier League suitors have Endrick in their sights, they are not alone. Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with the teenager, while Barcelona manager Xavi has revealed conversations have taken place on their end.
“We have been speaking with his father and also directly with the player [Endrick],” Xavi said, per ESPN. I explained the project we have in Barcelona. We want talent and he is a talent, capable of making a difference. 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 for the future. He’s the type of player we need. He already knows the project we have at Barcelona and we are talking. We hope he becomes our player.”
Barcelona already have senior Brazil star Raphinha in their ranks, while another of the country’s World Cup squad, Dani Alves, had two spells at Camp Nou. Rivals Real Madrid, meanwhile, have provided three members of Tite’s squad.
Brazil are through to the last 16 of the World Cup with a game to spare after beating Serbia and Switzerland. Barring a surprise in the final group game against winless Cameroon, Richarlison and his teammates will top Group G.