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Who is Andrey Santos? Chelsea have wonderkid in their sights

Stuart Telford
Andrey Santos in action for Vasco da Gama.

Chelsea now look hot favourites to land Brazilian youngster Andrey Santos from Vasco da Gama, with reports ramping up that a deal will be concluded imminently.

There has been much to admire about the 18-year-old’s first full season in senior football, which has caused a string of top European clubs to clamour for his signature.

But just what are the attributes that make Andrey Santos, who is a youth international playing up two age groups, such a highly valued commodity? FootballTransfers takes a look.

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What position does Andrey Santos play in?

Santos is primarily a defensive midfielder who lines up as one of two double pivots for Vasco alongside Yuri Lara with former Paris Saint-Germain star Nene up ahead, but he looks just as happy playing as a No.8 as he does a No.6 when required, not too unlike another former Barca man in Yaya Toure.

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How good is Andrey Santos?

Santos is already capped up to under-20 level with Brazil despite still being just 18 years old, and his eight goals from 33 league games in 2022 tell the story of a player who is able to impress on both sides of the park.

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“Physically, he’s a monster,” Juninho – a Vasco and Lyon club legend – told the Resenha Loading channel on YouTube. “Without the ball, his participation in the game is total. I wanted to see his GPS, because he doesn’t stop! And technically, he’s way above the others.

“He’s not going to be better than me, he’s going to be much better than me! He’s a much more complete player. At 18, I didn’t play half as much as he does, I’m not ashamed to say that.”

What clubs are interested in Andrey Santos?

Chelsea look to have won the battle to sign Andrey Santos ahead of Newcastle, but there remains plenty of other interest in the midfielder should the deal fall through.

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Barcelona were thought to be hot on the trail of the player as a replacement for Sergio Busquets, but it appears that their financial issues have blocked a move. PSG and Manchester City are among the other teams who have been closely following him.

When does Andrey Santos’ contract expire

Santos extended his contract at the Estadio Sao Januario earlier this year until 2027. The new deal includes a release clause of €40 million, which could ultimately prove an invitation to bid on his talent.

How old is Andrey Santos?

Born on 3 May 2004, Santos is 18 years old.

What is Andrey Santos’ Instagram?

Andrey Santos’ Instagram has the handle andreysantos_5 and has 186K followers as of December 2022.

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