Chelsea have accomplished the signing of teenage midfielder Andrey Santos from Vasco da Gama.
Sky Sports activities Information revealed earlier within the week that Chelsea had agreed a take care of Vasco to signal the midfielder and that the 18-year-old was present process a medical with the Blues.
Santos is the Blues’ third January arrival after they confirmed the £35m signing of Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile on Thursday on a seven-and-a-half-year deal and purchased David Datro Fofana from Molde.
Santos ended his Vasco da Gama profession with 38 appearances and eight objectives.
He stated: “It is a very huge alternative for me. It is a huge membership taking part in in huge competitions just like the Premier League, so I’m very excited. The gamers listed below are so good and I’m very completely happy to be right here.”
‘A robust box-to-box midfielder with a purpose in him’
South American soccer knowledgeable Tim Vickery informed Sky Sports activities Information:
“The reference right here is Douglas Luiz as a result of it is a comparable kind of participant coming from the identical membership in Vasco de Gama.
“It is a comparable scenario in that he has been within the second division with Vasco. He helped them out of that league simply as Douglas Luiz did just a few years in the past earlier than shifting on to Manchester Metropolis.
“He is a powerful, box-to-box midfielder – I do not assume Vasco would have been promoted with out him.
“However it’s an enormous step up. He is not a participant who will likely be prepared for Premier League soccer but. He is solely 18 – that is one for the longer term.
“Possibly a mortgage transfer is on the playing cards for him however there may be actually promise as a box-to-box midfielder who has a purpose in him.”
Carra hits out at ‘baffling’ Chelsea spending
Jamie Carragher and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink have questioned Chelsea’s spending up to now underneath new proprietor Todd Boehly.
Earlier than Chelsea agreed the deal for Santos, they’d spent round £220m on seven gamers aged 24 and underneath – the most recent being Monaco defender Badiashile for £35m.
“Gamers aged 23 or 24 aren’t that younger,” Carragher informed Sky Sports activities Premier League earlier than Chelsea’s 1-Zero defeat to Man Metropolis earlier this week.
“Take a look at the highest finish [of the age group of Chelsea signings in the Todd Boehly era], there’s Raheem Sterling – who is an effective signing however he hasn’t set the world alight, there’s Kalidou Koulibaly who is just not an incredible signing and I do not assume Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is an effective signing.
“You are speaking a couple of membership that has spent £300m on prime of the crew final season and we’re speaking about them not bringing in winners or the appropriate gamers.
“I completely disagree with the concept that Graham Potter is inheriting the issues that have been there earlier than.
“I assumed Chelsea have been in an incredible place. With Thomas Tuchel, they gained the Champions League however additionally they received to each attainable cup ultimate he may probably get to. They completed third behind the 2 greatest groups on the planet – that is truthful to name Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis that.
“To go from the place they have been – and I keep in mind them taking part in Liverpool within the two cup finals they usually have been superb – and to spend £300m and be additional away [from Liverpool and City] is simply baffling.”
Former Chelsea striker Hasselbaink added: “They need younger, thrilling and one of the best younger gamers right here they usually’re searching for the longer term. However you additionally want gamers who can are available in and make the crew higher immediately, who can put on and deal with the shirt and win video games.
“The mentality cannot change in a single day as they’ve been spoiled for a few years the place they’ve gained so many trophies and the followers will count on that also. To get that stability proper, it’s essential have each. You may’t simply have younger gamers and watch for the longer term.
“You want gamers who’ve Premier League expertise, gamers who’ve gained medals. [Look at] what Arsenal have finished with Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, what Manchester United have finished with Casemiro. That is what they should do. You want that at Chelsea, two or three gamers.”