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Atletico Madrid eye Chelsea midfielder for January loan move

Published: Updated: 22:28, 8 Jan 2024
Due to lack of game time, Andre Santos' loan stint at Nottingham Forest was recently cut short

Atletico Madrid, the Spanish football giant, is reportedly showing interest in signing Andre Santos, a Chelsea midfielder. The potential move is set to take place during the ongoing January transfer window.

Chelsea signed Santos from Vasco da Gama in January 2023. However, he spent the latter half of that season on loan at his former Brazilian club. He finally arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer but was soon sent out to Nottingham Forest on loan.

Despite this move, his stint with Nottingham Forest was short-lived as he made only two appearances across competitions for the Tricky Trees. He played a total of 97 minutes - an entire game in the EFL Cup and just seven minutes in the Premier League match.

Given these circumstances, Chelsea decided to recall Santos from his loan and are now considering sending him on another one.

According to reports, Atletico Madrid has expressed interest in signing Santos as they aim to strengthen their squad depth. The Spanish giants are currently competing across multiple platforms including La Liga, UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey this season.

Simeone is looking to add some creativity in midfield and has been following Santos for long

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone reportedly admires Santos' skills and sees him as a valuable addition for midfield rotation options. There's even speculation that Atletico Madrid might be interested in permanently signing him come summer time.

Santos is no stranger to making significant contributions on-field despite being only 19 years old. Before moving over to Stamford Bridge from Vasco da Gama, he had made 49 senior appearances scoring nine goals for his former team.

He also earned his Brazil senior cap last March which further solidifies his standing as an up-and-coming talent within football circles globally. His contract with Chelsea runs until 2030 which leaves plenty of room for future developments in his career.

The potential loan move of Andre Santos to Atletico Madrid could be a strategic decision for both teams. For Chelsea, it could provide Santos with more playing time and experience. For Atletico Madrid, it could bolster their midfield options and potentially lead to a permanent signing in the future. As sports fans and sports betting enthusiasts alike watch this space closely, only time will tell how this transfer saga unfolds.

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