Vasco da Gama confirm Andrey Santos complete move to Chelsea
Chelsea complete £13m signing of Andrey Santos as teenage midfielder seals switch from Vasco da Gama.
Vasco da Gama has confirmed and revealed that Andrey Santos has completed a move to Chelsea for an initial fee of £13 million ($15 million).
Back in December, There are reports that the Blues were nearing a deal in which they would invest in the future of the Brazilian Wonderkid.
Santos‘ contract with Vasco has a release clause worth £35 million (€ 40 million/$ 42 million), but a move to Stamford Bridge that includes a lot of add-ons won’t come close to that amount.
Santos is now preparing to move to England at 18 years of age and has just 38 senior appearances made for the club that helped to launch his career.
Vasco have said in a statement on the club’s official website: “Vasco da Gama agreed this Friday (01/06) the permanent transfer of the athlete Andrey Santos to European football. Born in the youth ranks of Gigante da Colina, the midfielder will defend the colours of Chelsea, from England, in the coming seasons.
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The youngster will end his first spell at the club from Sao Januario at the age of 18 with 38 appearances and eight goals.
“In Sao Januario since 2011, Andrey Santos started his career in futsal and it didn’t take long to become the main reference of the 2004 Generation. In 2021, after debuting in a Carioca Championship match, Andrey Santos became the youngest player to ever play for Vasco da Gama in the 21st Century, leaving behind names like Talles Magno, Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho. The definitive promotion of Andrey Santos to the professional ranks, however, only happened last season, during the dispute of the Brazilian Championship.”
Boa sorte, Andrey Santos!
— Vasco da Gama (@VascodaGama) January 6, 2023
Given that a possible loan move has been brought up, it is unclear what Chelsea’s immediate plans are for the young box-to-box specialist.