DONE DEAL: Chelsea confirm signing of Brazilian wonderkid
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of highly-rated Brazilian youngster Angelo Gabriel from Santos.
The wide player joins a long list of young players Chelsea have signed under new ownership Todd Boehly. Along with Samuels-Smith, the Blues have also recently signed the likes of 17-year-old Ishe Samuels-Smith, 20-year-old Malo Gusto, 19-year-old Andrey Santos, and 18-year-old Diego Moreira.
A club statement on the signing reads: “Chelsea has completed the signing of Brazilian winger Angelo Gabriel from Santos.
“Born in Brasilia, the 18-year-old arrives at Stamford Bridge with a wealth of senior football under his belt; he made 129 first-team appearances for Santos across all competitions.
“A left-footed winger who was regularly utilised off the right side of Santos’ frontline, Angelo became the youngest player in the history of the Brazil national championship when he made his debut against Fluminense in the Maracanã, aged just 15 years and 308 days.
“In April 2021, the Brazil Under-20 international scored his first senior goal, a close-range finish away to Lorenzo in the Copa Libertadores. In doing so he became the youngest goalscorer in that historic competition. He scored four more times for Santos and claimed ten assists.
“Welcome to Chelsea, Angelo!”
The youngster is one of a number of talented Brazilians who have been scooped up by top European teams in recent months. Real Madrid struck a deal to sign Endrick from Palmeiras in December 2022, and last week Barcelona confirmed the signing of Vitor Roque from Athletico Paranaense for a reported €40m.