Chelsea’s new £18m signing Andrey Santos is DENIED a Premier League work permit – missing out by ONE POINT because of their other midfield buys – and now he could return to Brazil on loan
- Chelsea signing Andrey Santos has been denied a Premier League work permit
- The midfielder misses out by just one point because of Chelsea’s other players
- The Brazilian could return to his home country on loan for the time being
Chelsea’s new £18m signing Andrey Santos has been denied a Premier League work permit, and will not be allowed to play for the club at the present time.
Santos missed out by just one point, because of the other midfielders that the Blues have brought, including additions snapped up later in the January transfer window.
Santos, 18, was signed towards the start of 2023, as one of eight signings for the west London club this winter.
It is not clear what the Brazilian midfielder will do next, although he could return to his native country on loan, after a successful spell during the South American U-20 championship.
As previously reported, Santos was a key part of Brazil’s success at the regional tournament, scoring a goal in the final earlier this week.
Chelsea’s Andrey Santos has been denied a Premier League work permit by one point
The midfielder helped Brazil to win the U-20 South American Championship title this week
Chelsea reportedly applied for an exceptional talent visa to allow Santos to play in the Premier League, though by a narrow decision, it was not successful.
Calls to consider Santos as an indispensable player to Graham Potter’s side have not worked, with £107m deadline day signing Enzo Fernandez and loanee Denis Zakaria in the same position.
Since he cannot join up with the Chelsea side for the time being, it looks likely that he will go to Brazil to play in the Copa Libertadores, with Palmeiras thought to be in pole position.
Before joining the Blues, Santos made 34 appearances for Vasco da Gama, scoring eight goals, but there was nothing in the signing of the 18-year-old which means he is likely to return to his former club.
Meanwhile, another of Chelsea’s January signings, Malo Gusto, has returned to the club for rehabilitation after picking up a serious hamstring injury on loan at Lyon.
More to follow…