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Chelsea new boy Santos relishing ´big opportunity´ after completing switch

SoccerNews in English Premier League 7 Jan 2023

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Chelsea new boy Andrey Santos is relishing the chance to make his mark at Chelsea after completing a move from Vasco da Gama.

Vasco announced on Friday an agreement had been reached with Chelsea for the 18-year-old midfielder.

The transfer, which is reported to be worth £11million, was confirmed on Chelsea’s end on Saturday, making him their third signing of the January window after recruiting Benoit Badiashile and David Datro Fofana.

Santos scored eight goals in 33 games in the Brazilian second tier in 2022, as Vasco won promotion to end a two-season spell outside the top flight.

He will now experience football outside of Brazil for the first time and is looking forward to getting going at his new club.

“It’s a very big opportunity for me,” he told Chelsea’s official website. “This is a big club playing in big competitions like the Premier League so I am very excited.

“The players here are so good and I am very happy to be here.”

Santos has been capped six times by Brazil at under-20 level.

Chelsea have been busy strengthening following a disappointing run of form that has seen them drop to 10th after winning just one of their past eight Premier League games.

As well as Badiashile, Fofana and Santos, they have been attempting to negotiate with Benfica to sign Enzo Fernandez, who impressed for Argentina at the World Cup.

Graham Potter’s side are back in action on Sunday with an FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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