Barcelona coach Xavi confirms Endrick talks after Brazil teen sensation visited Chelsea

Endrick celebrates after scoring a goal for Palmeiras.
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Barcelona coach Xavi has revealed the Catalan club are in talks with Brazilian teen sensation Endrick over a possible transfer.

Endrick is just 16 years old, but the Palmeiras attacker has already been linked with a number of Europe's elite clubs and he was recently hosted along with his family by Chelsea at their Cobham training base.

In an interview with ESPN, Xavi said: "[We] have been talking with his [Endrick's] father and also directly with the player too. I explained the project at Barcelona.

"We want talented players, and he is a talent, capable of making [the] difference. He has the great finishing, dribbling and a capacity to make a difference on the pitch.

"He is a player already of the present – playing in the Brazilian league – and also the future."

Endrick became the youngest player in Palmeiras history when he made his much-anticipated debut for the Sao Paulo club in October and he has since scored three goals in six matches.

The young forward is reportedly keen on a move to Europe, the obvious career path for Brazil's top players, but cannot be transferred until the age of 18.

"He is the kind of player we need," Xavi added. "He already knows the project we have at Barcelona and we are talking.

"I hope he becomes our player. It depends on him. This kind of thing always depends on the player. Normally, a player ends up playing where he wants to play, so it is a very personal decision of Endrick."

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Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.