Newcastle United want to sign Brazilian youngster Andrey Santos to help ‘get around the FFP rules’, according to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie on GiveMeSport.
As per 90min back in October, the Magpies were in talks with Vasco da Gam over the 18-year-old.
Sport now claim that whilst La Liga giants Barcelona are also interested in a deal, they will be waiting until the summer of 2023. Therefore, the Toon have a huge chance to try and land the youngster in January.
Downie believes this could be the case for the Tyneside outfit, as they are looking to add teenagers to their squad in attempt to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions.
“I think he’s one of a number of younger players they’re looking to bring in, to try and get around the FFP rules,” Downie said.
“We saw them bring in the guy from Australia, Garang Kuol, 18 years old, and I think this is another player on that kind of wish list.“
Newcastle want Santos to help alleviate FFP
Saying Newcastle want Santos solely to help with FFP, is unfair on the player.
In 33 Serie B games last season, the youngster netted eight goals from a more defensive midfield position.
As a result, the 18-year-old finished the campaign as Vasco da Gam’s fourth-best player, having averaged an impressive 7.13 match rating across the season.
Brazilian legend Juninho has even taken notice of the youngster, having claimed he’s a ‘monster’ in the middle of the park.
With such promise, it is no surprise to see Newcastle interested in the South American – given their new-found priority of attaining the world’s best young talent.
Having expressed his admiration for Toon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes in a recent interview, the Magpies may believe they have the advantage in the race to secure his signature.
The prospect of playing alongside a Brazilian hero of his would be a massively enticing factor. Furthermore, given Newcastle’s strong focus on the academy at Darsley Park, the north-east club could be a fantastic place to develop.
As Downie says, with the Tyneside club’s desire to avoid FFP rulings, we could see many more of these transfers take place in the future.