Andrey Santos: Palmeiras loan bid for Chelsea wonderkid collapses over terms
Palmeiras have pulled out of negotiations to sign Chelsea wonderkid Andrey Santos on loan after failing to agree terms.
The Blues insisted on a £1.3million break clause that could allow the 18-year-old to return to Stamford Bridge for pre-season this summer, while Santos also wanted to play at the Under-20 World Cup for Brazil in May.
Having been unable to secure him for the full season, Palmeiras became frustrated with the conditions placed on them and have now withdrawn from talks.
Chelsea have shown they have high hopes for Santos and want him to have a quick pathway into Graham Potter’s first team.
They want to have easy access to recall Santos in the future but are now left with just Vasco da Gama, the youngster’s former club, willing to agree to those terms for a loan.
Having had interest from several other Brazilian giants in the Copa Libertadores, the equivalent of the Champions League in South America, including the likes of Internacional, Chelsea may have to send Santos to a lesser team to enforce their preferred terms.
Santos was unable to secure a UK work permit after missing out by just one point following his £16m move from Vasco in early January, leaving Chelsea with the option of sending him on loan back to Brazil.