A few days ago, Sportitalia published a tweet stating that Lazio had reached an agreement with Santos for Brazilian starlet Kaio Jorge. The details of the deal were said to be a fee of €8 million with a possible €4 million in bonuses.
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The 19-year-old striker, whose contract expires with Santos at the end of this calendar year, has been linked with numerous clubs around Europe over the past few months.
This includes English Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal, Ligue 1 sides Lyon and Marseille, and fellow Italian Serie A clubs Inter, Juventus and Napoli.
Furthermore, Bayer Leverkusen, Benfica, Ajax and Shakhtar are said to be additional parties who could try to sign the Brazilian this summer.
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When Lazio’s name entered the mix, it seemed to be a result of their history with Santos.
The Biancocelesti signed Felipe Anderson from the Brazilian side in 2013; since then, they have held talks with the club regarding other players in the team. In addition, Kaio Jorge is managed by Giuliano Bertolucci; the same agent who carried out the sale of Felipe Anderson to West Ham in 2018.
Not wanting to ruin this relationship, they decided to speak out on the allegations linking the player to the club.
Below is the official statement that Lazio have published on their website and social media accounts.
With regard to the press reports that are circulating regarding our interest in the footballer Kaio Jorge, S.S. Lazio announces that the documents published on the web appear to be false and counterfeit. The Brazilian club Santos, with which we have historical relationships with from previous negotiations, have already been informed of the story. They have given mandate to their lawyers to act to protect the club in the most appropriate form.
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It is yet to be seen where Kaio Jorge will end up; as a talented player, it seems only normal that several top clubs in Europe are expressing interest.
Compared to Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, he has great determination and off-the-ball positioning, which make him a threat in front of goal. Although he started as a No.10 early on in his career, the forward has since taken to a more attacking position.
Last season, the striker made 47 appearances across all competitions, where he scored nine goals and provided one assist.