Talks between Chelsea and Palmeiras over the loan of midfielder Andre Santos have failed. 90 minutes understands
The 18-year-old arrived at Chelsea from Vasco da Gama for £18m in January but failed to secure a work permit and was expected to return to his native Brazil on loan with Palmeiras until he received one. Don’t do it.
Palmeiras were keen to sign Santos, who shone for Brazil’s Under-20s at the recent South American Championship, but talks with Chelsea over the details of the deal have broken down.
Chelsea wanted to ensure Santos was released by Palmeiras in time for the Under-20 World Cup in May, and they decided to terminate the deal and bring Santos back to Stamford Bridge in the summer, midway through the Brazilian season. Tried to negotiate independence.
Palmeiras refused to agree to those terms and is now expected to return to former Santos employer Vasco da Gama, who has returned to Brazil’s top flight after securing promotion with the teenager last season.
Santos Vasco, who are fourth in the league after the first eight games of the season, are set for a return, and talks between the two clubs are ongoing.
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Elsewhere, Chelsea are locked in talks for another South American starlet, 15-year-old Ecuadorian Kendry Paez.
Paez, the latest prospect to emerge from the famed Independiente del Valle’s youth set-up, is widely regarded as one of the continent’s top young talents and Chelsea are among the clubs to move the 18-year-old to Europe. are pushing to get their signatures before they are eligible.