Given football is a sport built on the individual talents and skills of the players on the pitch, there is an interesting love of individualism. Although it has been proven time and time again that the team is the most important factor, individual players are often seen as ‘the solution’. This also leads to complex comparisons of any number of young stars breaking through who are compared to stars of the past. One such example comes from Santos, where Brazilian ‘wonderkid’ Kaio Jorge plays.
The youngster has followed in the footsteps of Brazilian football star Neymar ever since he first broke through into the clubs first team picture. The impressive youngster has become a crucial part of the Santos side who reached the Copa Libertadores Final. However, despite his prodigious talent, the 19-year-old has struggled to make his name his own – instead, he is frequently compared to Neymar.
However, those comparisons come with a positive – namely, most of the European top brass would love to bring Jorge onboard. This has led to many teams being linked with the youngster, though it is believed that he is now closest to a move to Serie A.
At the moment, the ‘big three’ of Internazionale, AC Milan, and Juventus are believed to be fighting a three-way battle to land the youngster. He is being chased also by AS Roma and Napoli, showing there is nationwide interest in a young star who could genuinely be the best young player of his generation.
Who is Kaio Jorge?
The 19-year-old is a young forward who has made a big impression since breaking through into the Santos first-team. A startling dribbler and a fine passer of the ball, as well a decent finisher, Jorge has plenty in his game. He lacks the physical durability of some of his predecessors, but at 19 that could easily change with enough time and training.
His game, though, seems perfect for Italy. Conscious of his ability on the ball, Jorge picks his positions and his spaces well and would make a fine addition to just about any major club in the country. He fits the pace of the Italian game, and his dribbling and combination play would make him an ideal partner for just about any of the other star forwards playing in the league.
Inter, in particular, are seen as an intriguing arrival place for Jorge. With increasing talk of a big sale in the summer to try and appease the ownership group, Inter could look to try and find a young star to build around instead of making a huge, big-name signing. For many Inter fans, the loss of a star talent such as Lautaro Martinez could be off-set with the arrival of an exciting young talent.
For now, though, it is clear that Jorge has a lot of love in the Italian top flight. And given the history of Selecao stars making their way to the Iberian Peninsula, Jorge might have a similar fondness for making a move to Calcio.