Brazilian talents have always garnered the interest of Europe’s heavyweights. From Kaka and Neymar to Firmino and Ronaldinho, clubs from near and far have their ears up when a Selecao prodigy is mentioned.
19-year-old attacking talent Kaio Jorge is the latest player to make the headlines with his skills. Jorge wears the much famed No.9 jersey for the national team. A shirt that was once adorned by the likes of Adriano and Ronaldo.
He signed his first senior contract with Santos in January 2019 – agreeing to a three-year deal, which expires at the end of this year. This makes him a potential free transfer for any top-club with an eye for a creative player.
Two Premier League clubs, one being Chelsea, have already contacted the player’s agent – Giuliano Bertolucci – according to a report by 90min.com.
The Brazilian club is apparently struggling to convince Jorge to sign a new deal. His situation is ‘complicated’.
Jorge’s name has been heard comparatively fewer times than of his national compatriots. Whatever the reason for that, Jorge is still the product of one of Brazil’s most esteemed youth academies. Santos has a long history of giving rise to world-class talent such as Pele & Neymar.
Operating primarily as a No.10, Jorge possesses the makings of a classic Brazilian playmaker who is versatile enough to drift along anywhere in midfield. Think about Kaka, Oscar, Diego and other attacking midfielders the country has produced in recent decades.
Jorge’s strengths lies in his determination and off-the-ball positioning, making him an instant threat in the final-third. For someone aged 19, he possesses a winning mentality – well beyond his years. His creativity in tight spaces allow him to drop deeper in midfielder. Combine that with his ability to score goals and you have the making of a terrifying forward.
Although he began out as a No.10 in his early youth years, Jorge has evolved to be much more upfront and around the 18-yard-box, poaching for opportunities to threaten defenses. While not the most clinical of finishers, Jorge certainly can reach heights if he works on his weaknesses.
He was part of the Brazil U-17 team that won the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup, scoring a brilliant five goals in the competition, including a crucial 84th penalty equalizer in the final 2-1 victory over Mexico.
He also featured prominently for Santos in the run to the 2020 Copa Libertadores final, which they eventually lost to Palmeiras thanks to a solitary last-minute winner by Breno Lopes.
Chelsea have found creativity hard to come by, at least more occasionally since Tuchel’s reign began. Signing Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech has not ‘yet’ served the purpose of why they were brought in the first place.
Havertz’s most recent performance against Everton showed promises of a bright Chelsea future in the final-third and the club have a chance it make it brighter if they pounce at this opportunity.
Inter, Juventus and Arsenal are also reportedly interested in securing Kaio Jorge’s services.
It might just make sense to secure the ranks of a hot Brazilian prospect who has immense potential for growth.