Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing the talented 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder Andrey Santos, a target for Newcastle United.

According to a report from Torcedores, Newcastle United have been tracking Andrey Santos for a while. And Barcelona will have to fend off competition from the Premier League club for the Brazilian whizkid.

Apparently, Newcastle United were in touch with the player’s representative back in September. And they were prepared to offer €35 million in cash for the 18-year-old midfielder. However, the move did not materialise, and Barcelona sporting director Jordi Cruyff is now working to get his hands on the player.

Apparently, the Brazilian outfit value Santoz at €40 million, and any club looking to sign him will have to part with that kind of money in the summer.

Barcelona are hoping to secure an agreement with the Brazilian club as soon as possible. And they are prepared to let Santos stay with Vasco da Gama until the summer of 2023. The player has been in impressive form this season, scoring seven goals across all competitions.

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It appears that Newcastle United are building a squad for the future. And it is no surprise that they are looking to bring in one of South America’s most exciting young talents. It remains to be seen whether they can compete with Barcelona and convince the 18-year-old to move to the Premier League instead.

The opportunity to move to Spain and Barcelona, in particular, is an attractive proposition for most South American players. Furthermore, the Blaugrana are a much bigger club and can provide him with a bigger platform to showcase his qualities.

That said, Newcastle are one of the richest clubs in the world right now following their takeover and have a highly ambitious project. There is no reason why the Tyneside outfit cannot challenge clubs like Barcelona in the coming years for major trophies.

It will be interesting to see how the situation develops over the next few weeks. Recent reports have claimed that Newcastle are confident of signing Santos, whose €40 million price tag might not deter them.

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