The 19-year-old is ready to move to Turin as his club try not to lose him on a free transfer in December
Santos striker Kaio Jorge will join Juventus this summer after the Italian giants reached an agreement to sign the youngster.
gate reported on Monday that Juve reached an agreement with Santos for the 19-year-old, who left the contract at the end of 2021, with the Brazilian team now making the news official.
Kaio could travel to Italy as early as Thursday to complete his move to Serie A giants.
What was said
“Juventus agreed to the terms we submitted which we believe are the best for the club at the moment given the scenario,” Santos president Andres Rueda said on the club’s official website.
“Good luck to Kaio Jorge, another boy from the village whom we hope will make good progress on his way.”
How much will Kaio Jorge cost?
Taking advantage of his expiring contract, which meant he could have left for free in December, Juve have given Santos relatively favorable terms to sell his esteemed youngster.
The old lady will issue an initial € 3 million (USD 3.5 million / GBP 2.5 million) on Kaio, half of which will be paid out this year and the remainder in 2022, plus an additional € 1 million ($ 1.2 million) in bonuses.
Santos will also reap 5 percent of profits on a future sale and withhold first-time loan refusals in case the forward move returns to Brazil.
The Portuguese club Benfica had also shown interest in Kaio.
Who is Kaio Jorge?
Born in Olinda, Pernambuco, Kaio joined Santos at the tender age of 10 and has since spent his entire career at the historic Brazilian club.
In 2018, at the age of 16, he made his first-team debut from then coach Cuca, and the following year he picked up the Bronze Shoe for leading Brazil’s U17 World Cup victory.
In 2020, however, the teenager really came to the fore, playing during Santos’ run to the Copa Libertadores final, where they lost to Palmeiras.
He finished that tournament as his club’s top scorer after scoring five times in 12 games en route to the decision.
Kaio was subsequently added to Goal’s NXGN 2021 list.
With additional reporting by Romeo Agresti.