Chelsea have confirmed Andrey Santos’ return to Brazil on loan, rejoining boyhood club Vasco Da Gama. The 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder was signed in January but failed to obtain a UK work permit.
Chelsea Loan Andrey Santos Back to Vasco da Gama
Andrey Santos is re-joining his previous club Vasco da Gama on loan. ✍️
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 2, 2023
Andrey Santos Returns to Brazil
Having had his work permit rejected by the Premier League, Chelsea began to explore their options regarding Santos. Negotiations with Palmeiras were advanced but ultimately collapsed, with his participation in the U20 World Cup in May proving a sticking point.
Vasco Da Gama in the end have essentially agreed to a three-month loan deal, with his participation in the U20 World Cup guaranteed. The midfielder, described as “complete” by Brazil legend Juninho could face Chelsea teammates Carney Chukwuemeka and Harvey Vale during the tournament.
Who is Andrey Santos?
Andrey Santos garnered the attention of Europe’s big clubs with his performances for Vasco da Gama in Brazil’s second division. But at the South American U20 championship last month, he scored six goals whilst captaining Brazil to the title. He picked up the best player award for his performances, having scored the opening goal in the final.
Chelsea’s Young Talent Project
Chelsea are currently in advanced negotiations for Ecuadorian talent Kendry Paez, still only 15 years of age. The club’s recruitment strategy has clearly put focus on players for the future; with Mykhailo Mudryk, Enzo Fernandez, Benoit Badiashile and Joao Felix all aged 23 and under.
American goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina joined last summer, and is yet to concede in three Premier League Two starts. Whilst times are tough at Stamford Bridge, and Graham Potter faces huge immediate pressure, the long-term project persists, and Chelsea’s future looks very bright.