Chelsea star Andrey Santos has completed a loan move to Brazilian side Vasco da Gama until the end of the season. The Blues have agreed to pay thousands of pounds in English wages to the Brazilian club in order to secure the services of the talented midfielder.
The 24-year-old Santos has been a regular in the Chelsea first team this season, making 16 appearances in all competitions. He has been a key part of the Blues’ midfield, providing energy and creativity in the middle of the park.
However, with the arrival of new manager Thomas Tuchel, Santos has found himself out of favour and has been limited to just two appearances since the German’s arrival.
The loan move to Vasco da Gama will give Santos the chance to get regular first team football and the opportunity to impress Tuchel. The Brazilian club are currently in the relegation zone in the Brazilian top flight and will be hoping that Santos can help them to safety.
The Blues have agreed to pay thousands of pounds in English wages to Vasco da Gama in order to secure the loan move. This is a common practice in Brazil, with clubs often paying a portion of a player’s wages in order to secure their services.
The move will also give Santos the chance to play in his home country and experience the unique atmosphere of Brazilian football. He will be hoping to use the loan move to prove his worth to Tuchel and earn a place in the Chelsea first team next season.
Santos is the latest in a long line of Chelsea players to move to Brazil on loan. The Blues have sent a number of players to the country in recent years, including Nathan, Kenedy and Lucas Piazon.
The loan move is a win-win situation for both clubs. Chelsea get to keep Santos in their squad and Vasco da Gama get a talented player to help them in their fight against relegation. It remains to be seen if the move will be a success for both parties.