Chelsea’s under-the-radar signing of Andrey Santos could be a gem with the Brazilian midfielder so far starring at the Under 20 Championship and drawing comparisons to Jude Bellingham
- Andrey Santos arrived at Chelsea in an £18million summer deal from Brazil
- The 18-year-old midfielder could turn out to be a bargain of a signing
- He is tall, athletic, and has been labelled as a ‘monster’ when on the pitch
Andrey Santos, the second signing of Chelsea’s relentless January splurge, has taken the South American Under 20 Championship by storm.
The midfielder, 18, scored against Ecuador on Tuesday, as his new club were setting a British transfer record to sign Enzo Fernandez.
It was his fourth goal in Colombia, where his performances are making the £18million paid to Vasco de Gama look a bargain.
He is tall and athletic and covers the pitch, getting into the penalty box and creating chances in a style similar to Jude Bellingham.
‘Physically, he’s a monster,’ said Juninho Pernambucano, the former Brazil midfielder, on podcast Resenha Loading. ‘Without the ball, his participation in the game is total. He doesn’t stop and technically he’s way above the others.
Brazilian under-20s midfielder Andrey Santos has starred at the South American Championships with the nation
The 18-year-old’s arrival at Chelsea largely went under the radar amid a flurry of January signings
‘He’s going to be much better than me. He is a much more complete player. At 18, I didn’t play half as much as he does.’
Chelsea beat Manchester City and Newcastle to the deal. But Santos is not eligible for a work permit and must appeal for an exemption.
Santos had caught the eyes of numerous clubs but decided to join Chelsea in January
Badiashile is a tall and athletic combative midfielder, with expectations high at Stamford Bridge
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