clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Report: Kaio Jorge doesn’t train as Juve tries to negotiate transfer fee with Santos

Santos mad. Juventus probably happy.

Santos v Independiente - Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2021 Photo by Carla Carniel-Pool/Getty Images

Santos are not happy with Kaio Jorge or anybody associated with the young Brazilian.

That is because, as we heard Monday, that the 19-year-old has reportedly agreed to terms on a contract with Juventus, something that didn’t look like it could happen all of 18 or 24 hours earlier as Milan and Benfica were reportedly set to duke it out for the 19-year-old starlet.

There’s another reason why he was held out of training Tuesday.

According to Goal Brazil (via Goal Italia Juventus reporter Romeo Agresti), Juventus are trying to strike while the iron is hot and capitalize on the fact that Santos are very much not happy that Kaio Jorge at the moment. Juventus have, according to the report from Goal Brazil, are trying to negotiate a small amount of financial compensation to pay Santos that would then clear the way for Kaio Jorge to join Juventus this summer rather than after his contract expires at the end of the year.

Juventus’ proposal to Santos won’t surpass €2 million, according to the report.

The first part of Santos’ anger comes from the fact that Milan and Benfica were reportedly willing to offer more money to secure Kaio Jorge, including the Portuguese side possibly throwing a player into the deal as well. But, because he has essentially forced Santos’ hand with the reported pre-contract agreement with Juventus, his current club can only do so much before he moves to his next club, which looks to be in Turin.

It’s either negotiate a small transfer fee with Juventus now or have him leave for nothing come the beginning of the 2022 calendar year.

Of course, with the amount of money currently available to Juventus, it’s always going to be interesting how they spend it, especially when it’s this small of a reportedly transfer fee being thrown out there. The transfer fee, according to Goal Brazil, would be at maximum €2 million, so it’s not like Juventus would be spending the kind of money — or anything close to it — on Kaio Jorge like when they were linked to him in May 2020.

So, to get a player who was being valued at just under €20 million a little over a year ago to now potentially getting him for a couple million Euros, well that just seems like good business. Santos may not like it one bit for a multitude of reasons, but that’s just reality.