As Wolverhampton Wanderers continue to be linked to Santos wonderkid Kaio Jorge, it’s still interesting that the news isn’t coming from the English or Brazilian press.
For the past few weeks, we’ve seen a couple of stories regarding Bruno Lage’s interest in the striker, and both of them came from the Portuguese media.
Today the report also comes from Lisbon, where newspaper Record features a story on the striker, with a headline saying ‘Juve and Lage fight for Kaio Jorge’.
They claim that Wolves are looking for an ‘alternative for Jimenez’, and Record managed to conduct an interview with the striker’s former coach to bring his opinion on a potential transfer.
“Kaio Jorge unquestionably has qualities. He’s a kid with an excellent attitude in training and in play, physically available and brave. In technical terms he’s not a player who excels, he’s not for 1v1 or holding the ball,” said Rui Aguias, who worked at Santos in 2020.
“However, it seems to me that he has some way to go. I don’t think he’s ready for big demands. He’s an athlete with a future and potential, but I don’t see him coming to a European club and imposing himself without reservations. He’s a good player project, with quality.
“It’s an opportunity to bet on a young player, on a club that is going through difficulties and will want to sell. Forwards are expensive, but Kaio Jorge could prove to be a very successful bet in the future. But he’s not at that level yet.”
Kaio Jorge’s contract with Santos expires in December, and that means he’s already able to sign a pre-contract with a European club. Besides Wolves and Juventus, he’s been linked to the likes of AC Milan and Napoli as well.
Currently valued by Transfermarkt at €12m, the teenager has six goals and three assists in 23 appearances for Santos this season.