Despite fears that next summer’s World Cup would make it harder for European sides to prise away Brazilian youngsters from the host country, this transfer window has seen several high profile players seek a move.
Barcelona have completed a deal for Neymar, Tottenham Hotspur have signed Paulinho, and Bernard will take his pick of top teams in the coming weeks. And it is not only the top players looking to move, with youngsters like Santos’ Victor Andrade coming out to say they would like to come to Europe.
The 17-year-old has reportedly alerted Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea this summer by stating he would like to leave Santos, where he is already a first team player, for a European side in order to boost his chances of playing in the World Cup.
“Quite simply, I would love to play in Europe,” said Andrade. “My godfather Robinho has told me of the great experiences he had at Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan. He told me how it made him a better player because playing in Europe means you must adapt to different styles and systems.
“I think it will be a great education for me. Everybody around the world knows about the strength of the Premier League.
“And many Brazilian players have done well when they have played in England. Players like David Luiz and Oscar at Chelsea and now Paulinho has gone to Tottenham to play alongside Sandro.
“It is a very exciting prospect for me. My dream is to play for Brazil in the World Cup and I believe that moving to Europe will help me because it will help my all-round game.
Andrade could be available for just £2.5million this summer, as he has less than a year left on his contract at Santos. The 17-year-old will also face no work permit problems as he qualifies for Portuguese citizenship through his mother’s family.
Clearly any move for Andrade will be a considerable risk for a Premier League team, but considering his relatively low price-tag, if they are impressed at all by the forward then this summer could be a good time to make a move for him.
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