Since Abu Dhabi United Group’s significant investment in 2008, Manchester City’s youth academy has become a fruitful asset for the club.
Whether it’s homegrown players making their way into the first team or players being bought in and resold for profit, the club’s exploitation of young talent is paramount to its long-term sustainability.
To add to the ever-growing list of youngsters who could come through the Manchester City system, the club are keeping a close eye on Brazilian prodigy Endrick.
It was the Palmeiras striker observed by Boy Scouts at the prestigious U20 tournament, the Copinha in Sao Paulo – a tournament where he received awards for both Most Valuable Player and Goal of the Tournament.
According to data from Kaveh Solhekol from Sky Sports, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea will join City in the race to sign Endrick when he turns 16 in July.
While it has been revealed that the teenager will not be able to leave Brazil to join a foreign club until he is 18, he will be eligible to sign a preliminary contract when he turns 16.
Chelsea and Manchester City are there believed have a very good chance of signing him. while other clubs like Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Bayern Munich will continue to keep a close eye on the promising striker.
It has not yet been decided whether Endrick will be seen as a future first-team option at Etihad Stadium or whether he will be used to raise funds through the City Football Group system, but it appears the 15-year-old has a promising future has before him.
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