Juventus have moved ahead of AC Milan and Benfica in the race to sign Brazilian starlet Kaio Jorge, with the Bianconeri reportedly agreeing personal terms with the teenager.
Jorge has emerged as one of the brightest prospects in South America over the past couple of years; scoring 17 goals in 79 appearances for Santos following his debut in 2018.
The centre-forward has caught the eye of Europe’s finest this summer, but it’s Juventus who are supposedly leading the race to secure Jorge’s services.
After reports surfaced on Monday evening that the Bianconeri had sent a formal proposal to Santos for Jorge, Sportitalia (via Football Italia) claims Juve have now agreed personal terms with the 19-year-old.
Milan, however, have also reached an agreement with the player, whose contract expires in December.
The Benfica problem
Jorge has his sights set on a move to Italy, but Santos are desperate to sell their promising centre forward to Benfica. The Portuguese giants have offered €10m to Santos, which includes the fee for full-back Gilberto, and the Brazilian club are keen to sell.
The teenager and his agent, though, will reject the transfer.
What’s Juventus’ plan of action?
This appears a pretty complex situation and it’ll be interesting to see how Juve approach it. Jorge is promising, but he certainly isn’t destined for superstardom and in their current financial state, the Bianconeri simply don’t have the luxury of gambling money away.
The reliable Mirko Di Natale and Romeo Agresti have both confirmed that Juve have reached a total agreement with Jorge’s entourage, and the club are now deciding whether to pay a small fee for the teenager this summer or wait until his contract expires in the winter and pick him up for free.
Should they take the latter option, they risk being pipped to the post by the Rossoneri.
Nevertheless, it’s understood that the club aren’t willing to pay more than €6m for the forward, with a fee in the region of €3m appearing more likely should they make the move in the current transfer window.