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The latest on Andrey Santos future as Chelsea suffer another work permit blow. 

Brazil's Andrey Santos celebrates with the trophy after winning the South American U-20 Conmebol Tournament after the match between Brazil and Uruguay, in Bogota, Colombia on February 12, 2023. (Photo by Sebastian Barros/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Andrey Santos is increasingly likely to leave Chelsea on loan until the end of the season after his work permit application was denied again.

Andrey Santos joined Chelsea from Vasco da Gama last month in a deal worth up to £18 million, however he didn’t automatically qualify for a work permit and needed to qualify for ‘special status’ to obtain permission to play for Chelsea this season.

Andrey Santos work permit
Santos missed out on his “special talent” application by just one point last month, having only played in the second division of Brazilian football last season.(Getty Images)

Chelsea opted to sign him anyway, amid competition from Paris Sanit-Germain and Newcastle, which now looks like astute business given his heroics for his country.

The 18-year-old popped up with a vital late header on Sunday to secure Brazil win over Uruguay. (Getty Images)

Chelsea would’ve thought Santos’ success would’ve helped them get his permit to allow him to be in contention to play for Graham Potter’s side this season.

But to surprise, his involvement in the tournament, which finished on Sunday, was not taken into consideration – despite him captaining the side, and scoring six goals.

Andrey Santos and Victor Roque were awarded the golden boot, with both player having a joint goal record of 6 goals each.(Getty Images)

Calls were also made to consider Santos as an indispensable player to Graham Potter’s side but it didn’t work, with £107m deadline day British record signing Enzo Fernandez and loanee Denis Zakaria in the same position.

Hinting at the concern about his work permit, manager Graham Potter was asked about the new signing from Vasco da Gama at Friday’s pre-match press conference.

Potter said: ‘Santos is still in the same place. We’re looking at what the options are for him.’

Since he cannot join up with the Chelsea side for the time being, it looks likely that he will go to Brazil to play in the Copa Libertadores, with Palmeiras thought to be in pole position.

Playing in South America’s leading club competition would add at least three points to the application to let Santos play in the Premier League, according to the Evening Standard

The transfer window in Brazil remains open until early April.



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