Santos who is now Chelsea’s third signing this January, agreed to join the London-based club for £18m.
Speaking to the club’s official website after putting down his signature, the Brazilian footballer said;
“It’s a very big opportunity for me. This is a big club playing in big competitions like the Premier League so I am very excited. The players here are so good and I am very happy to be here.”
The immediate role of the midfielder at Chelsea is not yet known, but with the club’s current injury crisis, he could be called upon by manager Graham Potter.
Santos became Vasco’s youngest player in the 21st century when he made his debut at just 17, following in the footsteps of Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho. Santos netted 11 goals in 43 appearances in 2022, a form that warranted interest from clubs across Europe.
Santos’ signing comes amid Chelsea’s concerted attempt at signing Enzo Fernandez. The Benfica ace has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League following his star performances at the 2022 World Cup, but it’s been reported that the negotiation has not been fruitful following Benfica’s demand.