European clubs in a race for Santos wonderkid, Kaio Jorge

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Santos FC forward Kaio Jorge, who might depart on a free transfer later this year, appears to be one of the next Brazilian football exports. Various teams around Europe have expressed interest in the 19-year-old in recent months, according to reports. Three clubs are battling for the player, who may sign a pre-contract, once the summer transfer market starts later this month. Inter Milan, Chelsea, and Arsenal are the three clubs said to be interested in signing the youngster.

After raising a lot of heads with his achievements in his native Brazil, the Santos prodigy has gained European interest and is being dubbed as the “next Ronaldo.” The Santos product made his professional debut last year and has 66 competitive appearances for the club. Although his 13 goals may not appear to be very impressive, the forward has consistently showcased outstanding performances in both the Brazilian top division and the Copa Libertadores.

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 Multiple reports suggest that his services are also wanted by Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus. The Premier League’s powerhouses could possibly be at a deficit as a result of post-Brexit regulations. Nonetheless, Arsenal are attempting to repeat their success with the purchase of Gabriel Martinelli by bringing in another Brazilian prodigy.

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As they prepare for the departures of Alexander Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah (who is apparently wanted by Watford), the Gunners are already on the search for reinforcements in attack this summer. Mikel Arteta intends to construct his team around young players in the coming season. Therefore, Kaio Jorge should be an appropriate fit for the Arsenal squad.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are interested in Kaio Jorge (via Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, Chelsea are predicted to transfer Tammy Abraham out of Stamford Bridge this summer, since he does not fit in Thomas Tuchel’s plans. They will also be losing Olivier Giroud since his contract comes to an end.  His potential departure will render the Blues without a dependable number nine next season.

It lays the groundwork for Kaio Jorge to take over as Timo Werner and Kai Havertz’s primary backup. However, Chelsea are likely to make a significant investment in a new striker this summer, with former striker Romelu Lukaku being a top target.

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