Victor Andrade is being chase by Premier League giants…
Victor Andrade, Santos’ Brazilian 17-year-old wonderkid wing-forward, is a target for Premier League giants Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, according to The Daily Mirror.
The teenager is already a first team regular at the Brazilian club, who are renowned for producing outstanding young attacking talent. Andrade made his debut last year as a 16-year-old, and has drawn comparisons to Barcelona’s £50m signing Neymar due to his nimble frame, quick feet and lightning speed.
Now it appears that the Premier league clubs want to snap up the prodigal talent early, so they don’t have to shell out the astronomical fee the Catalan giants just had to on Neymar.
Andrade, who is ex-City player Robinho’s godson, reckons now is as good a time as any to make the move.
“Quite simply, I would love to play in Europe,” said the teenager, who has scored three times for Santos.
“My godfather Robinho has told me of the great experiences he had at Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan. He told me how it made him a better player because playing in Europe means you must adapt to different styles and systems.
“I think it will be a great education for me. Everybody around the world knows about the strength of the Premier League.
“And many Brazilian players have done well when they have played in England. Players like David Luiz and Oscar at Chelsea and now Paulinho has gone to Tottenham to play
Many would suggest though at just 17-years-old, having barely completed his first season as a professional, Andrade would do well to stay at Santos and develop his game. Countless highly-rated South Americans in the past have moved to Europe too early in their careers, and failed to adapt to the styles of football and different lifestyle.
Andrade’s contract runs out in less than a year however, meaning he is available for around £2.5m, a bargain for such a huge potential talent. Arsenal, Chelsea or City could sign him and loan him back to Brazil to aid his development, as he would not be physically ready for first team Premier League football just yet.