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Arsenal, Manchester City & Chelsea to battle for 'new Neymar'

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Victor Andrade has been likened to Neymar (©GettyImages)
Victor Andrade has been likened to Neymar (©GettyImages).

A number of Premier League clubs are interested in the signing of Brazilian youngster Victor Andrade, according to his representatives. 

Andrade, who has been likened to Barcelona's new superstar Neymar, currently plays his trade for Santos and made his debut for the Brazilian side aged just 16. 

The now 17-year-old has been linked to Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, with Liverpool and Newcastle having also taken an interest in the starlet. 

With Santos yet to tie Andrade down on a long-term deal, many major clubs around Europe could be set to step up their interest in the Brazilian. 

And as the star qualifies for an EU passport, through Portuguese parentage, he would not have to apply for a work permit to live and work in England. 

A spokesman of Andrade's representatives, NVA Entertainment Group, told Sky Sports: "We can confirm that there is interest in England in Victor, and not unsurprisingly from some of the bigger clubs.

"Victor is a wonderful talent, but we and his family are calm and we are confident his future will be resolved at the right time, in the right way."

The youngster has hinted that he would be open to a move to Europe, and said that his godfather Robinho enjoyed his time in England, Italy and Spain. 

"Quite simply, I would love to play in Europe," Andrade was quoted by the Daily Mirror.

"My godfather Robinho has told me of the great experiences he had at Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan. He told me how it made him a better player because playing in Europe means you must adapt to different styles and systems.

"I think it will be a great education for me. Everybody around the world knows about the strength of the Premier League.

"It is a very exciting prospect for me. My dream is to play for Brazil in the World Cup and I believe that moving to Europe will help me because it will help my all-round game.

"I have no problem with Santos. They have helped me a lot. But I think the time is right for me to experience a change."

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