La Liga heavyweights Barcelona have reportedly submitted enquiries for Vasco da Gama’s 17-year-old Brazilian prodigy Andrey Santos.

According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Andrey Santos is the subject of interest from Barcelona. The Catalan giants have “made moves” to assess the 17-year-old Brazilian prodigy’s future but have not gone beyond monitoring his performances at Vasco da Gama.

Andrey Santos is a well-known name in Brazilian football due to his exploits at various age-group levels. The teenage wonderkid is a defensive midfielder by trade and has shown tremendous awareness, which helps him read the game superbly. The 17-year-old has also represented his nation at different age-group levels, attracting scouts from clubs across Europe.

The Brazilian prodigy has broken into the first-team setup at Vasco da Gama this season, although he has garnered only 38 minutes of game-time across three appearances. Santos’s progress has not gone unnoticed, with Barcelona among the clubs closely monitoring him.

The Catalan giants are renowned for foraying into markets in Europe and South America to search for the most promising up-and-coming prospects. Such an outlook has fetched Barcelona various prodigious players over the years, with Pedri and Gavi the latest benefactors of the thought process.

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Most recently, Emre Demir and Pablo Torre have agreed to join Barcelona. Outside Europe, Endrick is among the prodigies on Barcelona’s radar. And Santos has also popped up on the agenda of the La Liga heavyweights, who have been closely monitoring his progress for some time.

Deco has been in charge of scouting Andrey Santos, with Barcelona even submitting enquiries to Vasco da Gama to assess the 17-year-old’s future. But the Catalan club’s interest in Santos is in its nascent stage right now, with the Blaugrana only tracking his progress for now.

The eagerness to sign the 17-year-old Brazilian prodigy makes a world of sense, considering Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets is approaching the final phase of his career. It will be interesting to see if the Catalan giants firm up their interest in Andrey Santos in the coming weeks and months leading up to the summer transfer window.

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