Newcastle United are among the clubs keen on signing Andrey Santos in the January transfer window and have already decided to make an offer to his club Vasco da Gama, according to a report.
Andrey Santos is one of the best young players in Brazil at the moment and has been compared to Newcastle’s very own Bruno Guimaraes.
Guimaraes has been in scintillating form for the Magpies since his transfer from Lyon in January 2022.
The Brazilian star has made 28 appearances in the Premier League for Eddie Howe’s side since his move, scoring eight goals and creating four big chances in the process.
The 24-year-old midfielder will play alongside the likes of Neymar, Richarlison, Lucas Paqueta and Vinicius Junior for Brazil at the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.
Santos is only 18, but the Brazilian wonderkid is rated highly in his native country and is seen as the next generation’s Guimaraes.
That’s according to Le10 Sport, who have claimed that Newcastle, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all are keen on securing the services of the teenager in the January transfer window.
Premier League club Newcastle and La Liga giants Barcelona are among five clubs who have already drawn up offers and are planning to make bids.
PSG have not decided to make a formal offer yet, but Luis Campos, who is working as a Football Advisor for the defending Ligue 1 champions, has already been in touch with the representatives of Santos and Vasco da Gama.
This is not the first time that Santos has been linked with a club in the Premier League.
It was reported in September that Aston Villa have joined the race for the Brazilian starlet, while Wolves were linked with the Vasco Da Gama youngster last season.
Newcastle have to work hard to get Andrey Santos
That Newcastle United are competing with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona for the same player shows how far they have come under Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Guimaraes decided to snub interest from Arsenal to join Newcastle in January 2022, and PIF will hope that Santos will do the same.
However, PSG and Barcelona are massive clubs and global brands, and they have a very strong footing in the Brazilian market.
Newcastle have to work extremely hard to convince Santos that his progress would be best at St. James’ Park.
Perhaps the Premier League club could persuade him to a transfer by outlining how he could get into the first team under Howe quicker than at PSG or Barcelona.
Newcastle are in the race for the Premier League top four this season and are a rising force in English football.
There is no pressure on Newcastle boss Howe to win major trophies right now, so he could use Santos and allow him playing time in the first team.