Chelsea report: Blues set to beat PSG in race for Brazilian wonderkid

Andrey Santos
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Chelsea are closing in on a £12 million January deal for Vasco de Gama teenager Andrey Santos, say reports, fighting off competition from PSG.

The 18-year-old is a highly-rated central midfielder who has already become a regular in the Rio de Janeiro club’s first team.

He has a deal until 2027 with the Brazilian club, who have just been promoted from Serie B after finishing the 2022 season in third place.

The Evening Standard (opens in new tab) reports that Chelsea’s owners encouraged academy director Neil Bath to go after Santos as part of a long-term plan to recruit young foreign talent for the future.

Advanced talks are underway between the Premier League club and Vasco de Gama over a £12m move, with the Blues looking set to beat PSG to his signature.

Santos is said to be a similar player to compatriot Bruno Guimaraes of Newcastle United.

He made 36 appearances for his club in the 2022 campaign, scoring eight goals.

Chelsea are also interested in another hotly-tipped Brazilian youngster, Endrick of Palmeiras, but they will face competition from Real Madrid and PSG for the 16-year-old.

The English club do have one trump card, though; Brazil defender Thiago Silva met the teenager and his family at Chelsea’s training ground and has tried to convince him of a London move.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.