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With Endrick the most sought-after wonderkid of his generation, it may come as no surprise to learn that a number of Premier League clubs were after his signature before Real Madrid snapped him up, according to his agent. 

The Brazilian teenager is part of the squad that has traveled to England to face the Three Lions at Wembley on Saturday night, having already won two caps for the Selecao despite his youth. 

Having emerged as the latest in a long line of ferociously promising Brazilian attackers from Palmeiras he was courted by a number of Europe’s top clubs. 

Real Madrid emerged victorious in that pursuit, and forked out some £51million for his services, who will join Los Blancos this summer when he has turned 18. 

Yet Carlo Ancelotti‘s side faced some competition from their Premier League rivals, and his agent has now revealed just who was vying for the signature of the Brazilian youngster who is set to set the world alight.

Revealed: The three Premier League clubs that tried to sign Endrick before Real Madrid completed a £51MILLION deal for the 17-year-old Brazilian wonderkid

He is part of the Brazil squad that has travelled to face England on Saturday at Wembley

Endrick emerged as one of the most highly-regarded wonderkids at the Montiagu Tournament

Carlo Ancelotti's side won the race for Endrick's signature snapping him up for £51million

Carlo Ancelotti’s side won the race for Endrick’s signature snapping him up for £51million

The youngster’s agent Federico Pena told the Telegraph that scouts from across Europe’s elite flocked to France two years ago to attend the Montaigu Tournament.

In a stunning solo showing, Endrick netted five goals in four games to spear-head his side’s charge to a first trophy since 1984 in front of some of the world’s leading scouts. 

‘That was when the world really sat up and took notice,’ said Pena.

‘People in football already knew about him, but that’s when all of the top clubs came in, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris St-Germain, Chelsea and, of course, Real Madrid.’

Of the English trio, Chelsea are thought to have made the most concerted push to land the wonderkid’s services. 

Endrick’s parents were invited to the Blues’ Cobham training base, where they met Brazilian-speaking Thiago Silva, Jorginho and captain Cesar Azpilicueta. 

The Telegraph adds the club located a church that the family would be able to attend nearby. 

Chelsea in fact had seemed one of the leading candidates to land his signature, before talks broke down over the club’s reluctance to spend a significant amount of money on a player they would not even get for two more years. 

Endrick was taken to Chelsea's Cobham base where he met the likes of Thiago Silva and Jorginho

Endrick was taken to Chelsea’s Cobham base where he met the likes of Thiago Silva and Jorginho

Liverpool and Manchester City were the other two English sides interested in signing Endrick

Liverpool and Manchester City were the other two English sides interested in signing Endrick

Real Madrid on the other hand had previous experience in such deals, having of course negotiated on similar terms to bring Vinicius Jnr to the Santiago Bernabeu. 

As such, there were well-placed to swoop, and that they did, with Endrick now headed to the Spanish capital, where he is widely expected to forge out one of the most successful careers in recent years.  

‘I think Real decided that they were never going to miss another talent like Vini or Endrick after Neymar moved to Barcelona,’ said Pena. 

‘Maybe there is a lesson for Chelsea because they were in front at the start.’ 

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