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Porto's Cardoso Varela on transfer wishlist of top European clubs including Manchester City & Real Madrid

Published at :April 17, 2024 at 12:12 AM
Modified at :April 17, 2024 at 12:12 AM
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Rajarshi Shukla

The Portuguese is just 15-year-old

Real Madrid and Manchester City are allegedly keeping an eye on Cardoso Varela, a promising player from Porto. The two dominant European teams are getting ready to play one other on Wednesday night in the second leg of their quarterfinal Champions League match.

Both, meanwhile, have made investments in building top-notch academy systems; over time, City has managed to overtake some of its older competitors.Rico Lewis and Phil Foden stand out as Manchester City’s most notable recent graduates, while a number of other homegrown players, notably Cole Palmer, have been moved for a high price.

Real Madrid have recently been less willing to bring up-and-coming youngsters into the senior ranks, preferring to invest substantially in a number of young Brazilian players.Since then, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo have emerged as two of the greatest players in the world, while Endrick, 17, is scheduled to join the offensive options this summer.

City are also no new to that strategy—players like Yan Couto and Savio were acquired from the same country—but it seems like Portugal is getting more attention these days.Foot Mercato claims that Real and City are prepared to engage in a battle for Varela’s signature.

Although the 15-year-old has not yet made a debut for Porto in the first squad, he has already earned playing time for the massive Portuguese team in the UEFA Youth League.Varela has appeared in all three games off the bench, starting for AZ Alkmaar, Mainz 05, and Shakhtar Donetsk.With fewer than three months left on Varela’s contract, Porto is finding it difficult to keep him on staff According to the source, there are up to seven other teams vying for the signing of the Portugal Under-17 international.There are rumours of interest from Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain.

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