Andrey Santos: Chelsea to send Brazil youngster on loan to Palmeiras amid work permit plan
Andrey Santos is expected to join Palmeiras on loan until December.
The 18-year-old joined Chelsea in a £16million deal from Vasco da Gama in January but is unable to play at Stamford Bridge due to his inability to secure a work permit.
A loan to a Copa Libertadores team, the equivalent of a Champions League side in South America, will help him secure enough points to get a visa for English football.
His role as captain and join-top scorer in Brazil’s Under-20s South American Championship win was not enough to secure him employment rights in the Premier League.
However, the Blues have inserted a break clause for 1.5m euros that could see him return at the end of June.
Palmeiras are now expecting to beat Internacional and a host of other top Brazilian clubs to his signature, giving him the chance to join his new team before the season starts.
Chelsea beat PSG and Newcastle to the youngsters signature in the winter window and have high hopes for the midfielder.