Brazil youngster Victor Andrade is set to spark a transfer war between Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City. The attacker has been likened to current Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr, who moved to Barcelona from Santos for £57 million earlier in the transfer window.
Andrade, who is also a Santos player, has mentioned his desire to move to the Premier League. In an interview with the Mirror, he spoke out about the chance of moving abroad and talks he has had with his godfather, who is AC Milan’s Robinho.
“My godfather Robinho has told me of the great experiences he had at Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan.”
“He told me it made him a better player because playing in Europe means you adapt to different styles and systems.”
“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.”
“Quite simply, I would love to play for Europe.”
An added incentive for the Premier League trio is the fact that Andrade’s contract expires next summer where he could be available for as little as £2.5 million, due to his age.
Despite his love for Santos, it’s clear he feels a move to Europe will help develop him as a player.
“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.”
“I have no problem with Santos. They have helped me a lot. But I think the time is right for me to experience a change.”
At only 17, Andrade has plenty of time on his side and another year in Brazil could be on the cards with an transfer war building ahead of next summer.