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Chelsea signs midfielder Andrey Santos and striker David Datro Fofana from the Ivory Coast

Chelsea has acquired Brazilian midfielder Andrey Santos from Vasco da Gama as well as Ivory Coast attacker David Datro Fofana from Molde.

The 20-year-old Fofana signs a six-year deal through 2029 for a rumoured £8 million to £10 million with the possibility of an additional year.

Santos, 18, a Brazilian Under-20s international, has signed for an alleged £18 million.

Following the acquisition of France defender Benoit Badiashile for £35 million from Monaco, Chelsea has now added three players to its roster during the January transfer window.

In 65 games for the Norwegian champions Molde, Fofana scored 24 goals.

He said, “I’m very happy to sign for the club of my dreams.

The forward, who came from the Amadou Diallo Football Academy in the Ivory Coast and joined Molde in 2021, was dubbed “one of European football’s most promising young talents” by Chelsea.

Fofana, who has three caps, recently got his Ivory Coast debut.

In addition to being able to score goals, the Ivorian attacker is also skilled at holding up the ball and maintaining possession while under duress, according to Chelsea.

In 38 games for Vasco do Gama, Santos scored eight goals.

He made his league debut at the age of 17 in 2021, and in the 2022–2023 season, he was crucial to his team’s return to Brazil’s top division.

“It’s a very big opportunity for me,” he said. “This is a big club playing in big competitions like the Premier League so I am very excited.

“The players here are so good and I am very happy to be here.”

The Blues and Benfica are negotiating a transfer for Enzo Fernandez, a 21-year-old midfielder from Argentina with a £106 million release clause.

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