Brazil prospect Andrey Santos is moving from Vasco da Gama to Chelsea

Brazil prospect Andrey Santos is moving from Vasco da Gama to Chelsea

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Chelsea have struck a deal for Brazil U20 midfielder Andrey Santos, it was announced on Friday.

Santos had been linked with several of Europe’s biggest clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Barcelona after breaking into Vasco da Gama’s side last year.

The 18-year-old box-to-box player scored eight goals in 33 games in Brazil’s second division in 2022 as Vasco won promotion to end a two-year spell outside the top flight.

Chelsea will reportedly pay around £11million for the 18-year-old, whose departure was announced in a club statement by Vasco.

It read: “Vasco da Gama this Friday approved the permanent transfer of athlete Andrey Santos to European football.

“The midfielder will defend Chelsea colors from England in the coming seasons.

“The youngster will end his first spell at the Sao Januario club at the age of 18 with 38 appearances and eight goals.”

Boa variety, Andrey Santos! da Gama

— Vasco da Gama (@VascodaGama) January 6, 2023

Chelsea, who mourned the loss of their former player and coach Gianluca Vialli on Friday, did not immediately announce Santos’ signing.

Santos only got a new contract with Vasco until 2027 in September, but he will become Chelsea’s third signing in January.

The Blues confirmed Ivory Coast forward David Datro Fofana as their first recruit under Graham Potter before signing Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile for a reported fee of €38m (£33.7m).

Chelsea need fresh faces amid an injury crisis and a slump in form in which they have won just one of their last eight Premier League games and are 10 points adrift of fourth place.

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