Newcastle United already have two Brazilian players right now, and are looking to potentially add another amid reported interest in Andrey Santos.
According to TNT Sport, the Magpies made contact with Vasco da Gama about possibly signing the 18-year-old midfielder. Barcelona and Flamengo also made a move, the report claims.
But while Newcastle attempted to try and bring the teenager to St James’ Park, his immediate future lies in Brazil. Santos has signed a new contract with his current club, which will keep him at Vasco until 2027.
Even if he doesn’t see out the entirety of that deal, it means Vasco will be able to command a healthy fee if any clubs tries to sign him in the next year or two.
While a move to Newcastle isn’t imminent for Andrey Santos, he is the latest Samba star to be targeted by the Magpies.
Andrey Santos joins the long list of Brazilian players Newcastle want
Throughout the summer, various Brazilian youngsters were linked with moves to the North East.
There were rumours surrounding Santos’ Angelo Gabriel and Palmeiras’ Geovani Henrique. Newcastle’s recruitment chief Steve Nickson even traveled to Brazil to watch the former back in July.
Closer to home, Eddie Howe also tried to add Joao Pedro to his squad. However, that move collapsed.
Now Andrey Santos has been linked, a midfielder with a very bright future. If he did end up at Newcastle, he would join current Brazilians Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton. And Santos is already a fan of the midfielder Newcastle signed from Lyon.
Brazil beat Bolivia 4-0 in a World Cup Qualifier back in March, with Bruno scoring his first ever goal for his country. And during the game, Santos commented on the Magpies’ number 39.
He wrote on Twitter: “Bruno Guimaraes is a joke.”
The teenage sensation is clearly fond of Bruno, and would no doubt relish the chance to play alongside him. That could help Newcastle if they continue to pursue a move.
However, his new contract until 2027 could complicate matters.