Liverpool and Newcastle United are reportedly chasing Brazilian wonder-kid Victor Andrade, according to Sky Sports. The report claims the Reds have now joined the race for the Santos star's signature, who has been a target for Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.
The Brazilian made his debut for Santos at the age of 16 and his style of play has seen him being labelled as the "New Neymar." His contract at Santos runs down next summer and has denied signing a new deal with the Brasileirao club.
Andrade is represented by NVA Entertainment Group and they confirmed interest from top English clubs in signing the 17-year-old starlet.
"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," NVA Entertainment Group's spokesman told Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, Andrade has set his eyes on making to the national squad for the 2014 World Cup in his home soil. He believes a move to England will improve his chances of making it the Brazil squad for the next summer's event.
The youngster is ready for the new challenge as he is hoping to follow the footsteps of his compatriot David Luiz and Oscar. Andrade is keen to emulate the impression marked by the Chelsea duo in the Premier League.
"Quite simply, I would love to play in Europe. 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," Andrade explained.
"And many Brazilian players have done well when they have played in England. Players like David Luiz and Oscar at Chelsea and now Paulinho has gone to Tottenham to play alongside Sandro. 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," he added.