Report: Blow for Chelsea as January addition is denied a work permit
Chelsea January signing Andrey Santos denied work permit to play in England
Andrey Santos, who joined Chelsea in the previous transfer window, has been denied a world permit and will not be able to play for the club, according to Daily Mail (h/t Metro).
The 18-year-old was one of the players the Blues bought in January. He was signed from Vasco da Gama for £18 million. Unfortunately, Graham Potter will not be able to call upon the Brazilian for now.
Santos missed out on being handed a work permit by just one point. Due to the number of midfielders on the Stamford Bridge side’s books, the youngster will be unable to play for us for the time being.
Chelsea were told about the 18-year-old’s situation and also applied for an exceptional talent visa. However, the Blues’ efforts were once again rejected.
The Stamford Bridge side’s coaching staff had been encouraged by Santos’ recent displays for the Brazil U20 team in the U-20 South American Championship 2023. The young Canaries went on to win the tournament, where the 18-year-old captained them.
Considering the midfielder’s performances, the West London club wanted to integrate him into the first team as soon as possible. But now, it is likely that the youngster will be sent out on loan, with Palmeiras being linked.
Todd Behly has made several signings in the last two transfer windows. In the summer of 2022. Carney Chukwuemeka and Denis Zakaria were added to the midfield ranks. Conor Gallagher also returned from his loan spell at Crystal Palace.
Last month, Chelsea acquired the services of Enzo Fernandez from Benfica. The 2022 World Cup winner has been a key player in our recent fixtures.
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Therefore, with the talent at Potter’s disposal, Santos’ unavailability will evidently not hurt a lot. However, in terms of integrating the 18-year-old into the team, it will be disappointing not to have him in the squad for the time being.
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