Chelsea lead Barcelona in chase for descendants of Kevin de Bruyne

Barcelona will have a mountain to climb in the race to sign Andrey Santos, claims Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo. In the competition to sign the 18-year-old Vasco da Gama midfield sensation, the Catalan powerhouses are falling behind Chelsea.

One of Brazil’s most promising young players, Andrey Santos, has made a name for himself at Vasco da Gama over the past ten years. Even though the Brazilian football prodigy is still in his teens, he has been among the game’s most promising young players in his native country. The young genius has already established himself as a member of the Vasco da Gama first team squad.

The 18-year-old played a significant role in Vasco da Gama’s Brazilian Serie A promotion. Santos played 36 times for his squad in all competitions, scoring eight goals. The young player’s development has also caught the attention of Chelsea and Barcelona, who are both potential suitors.

Barcelona has been keeping an eye on the sensational Brazilian midfielder for the whole of 2022. But in light of the uncertainty surrounding Sergio Busquets’ future, the Blaugrana have recently intensified their efforts to sign Santos. The Barcelona captain may leave Camp Nou next summer as he nears the end of his playing days.

Thus, Andrey Santos has become a potential target for Barcelona. He can initially split playing time before the Catalan team chooses him as their starting holding midfielder. However, Barcelona will have to get past Chelsea in the race to sign the 18-year-old, with the Blues having the upper hand.

The teenage wonderkid is being courted by the west Londoners. Additionally, Chelsea will need to hire a replacement since N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are in the final year of their respective contracts. Santos is a choice that should be taken into account. They are also the most likely club, according to the report, to sign the 18-year-old Brazilian midfield sensation.

In the race to sign Andrey Santos, it will be interesting to see if Barcelona can outdo Chelsea in any way. The player’s next stop may not be set in stone, however, as teams like Newcastle United, Manchester City, and Real Madrid have also expressed interest.

What did the hero of the Dutch team respond to joining Chelsea?

Denzel Dumfries regards links with Chelsea as a “compliment,” but claims to be unconcerned about transfer rumors during the 2022 World Cup.

The daring right-back is once again attracting admiring glances for his international performances, having previously earned a move to Serie A giants Inter on the strength of eye-catching performances at Euro 2020. Premier League heavyweights are said to be interested in Dumfries, with Manchester United another reported suitor, but the 26-year-old is fully focused on a bid for major honours after helping his country reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

When asked about Chelsea’s alleged interest in acquiring his services, Dumfries told The Athletic, “Of course it’s a compliment.”

But wearing the Nerazzurri shirt is also a big compliment. I’m focused on the national team and play for a stunning Italian club. I’m very proud that I can play for Inter, so I’m completely focused on the national team and Inter.”

When he moved to San Siro in the summer of 2021, the highly-rated defender signed a long-term contract that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2024-25 season.

Any deal for Dumfries would not be cheap, as his stock continues to rise, and he will be hoping to increase his price tag even further when he plays Argentina in a World Cup quarter-final on Friday.

Chelsea midfielder leaves England World Cup squad following an armed burglary at his London home.

Raheem Sterling has been dropped from England’s World Cup squad after armed intruders broke into his London home.

The Chelsea forward was not named to the Three Lions squad for their 3-0 win over Senegal in the last 16 on Sunday.

Sterling was dropped from England’s World Cup squad on Sunday.

Sterling is dealing with a “family matter,” according to England.

Sterling’s home in Surrey, near Chelsea’s training ground, was burglarized on Saturday night, according to police.

His family was inside at the time, and he is concerned about the safety of his children, so he was scheduled to fly home from Qatar on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate spoke with Sterling before he left the camp and told him he is welcome to rejoin the squad but will not put any pressure on him to do so.

“I spent a long time with him this morning just trying to figure out how best for him to deal with everything,” England manager Gareth Southgate said after the win over Senegal, which secured a quarter-final meeting with France next Saturday.

“He’s going home tonight.” The priority at this time is his family, and we need to give him space to sort everything out there before determining whether or not he can return and when.

“That wouldn’t be a problem in terms of the bubble, but obviously we need to give him the space and time he needs to figure out what’s going on.”

Sterling left Manchester City for Chelsea in the summer.

The 27-year-old has been a key player for Southgate, scoring 20 goals in 81 England appearances.

He was named to the Three Lions’ starting lineup for their group stage opener against Iran, which they won 6-2.

He also started the 0-0 draw with the United States, but was replaced by Jack Grealish after 68 minutes.

Sterling was then omitted from the 3-0 victory over Wales, and he did not appear off the bench in their Group B finale.

“Raheem Sterling is not available for selection for the #ThreeLions tonight as he is dealing with a family matter,” the England Twitter account said ahead of the game against Senegal.

Southgate made one change from the team that defeated Wales against Senegal, with Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka replacing Marcus Rashford.

Phil Foden retained his starting spot, and Southgate’s selection decisions paid off handsomely.

Saka scored and Foden assisted twice as England cruised to a 3-0 victory and a spot in the last eight against France.