Santos youngster Kaio Jorge linked with Arsenal & Chelsea

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Kaio Jorge has already played in a continental cup final
Kaio Jorge has already played in a continental cup final / Pool/Getty Images

Santos wonderkid Kaio Jorge is attracting interest from a host of top clubs including Arsenal and Chelsea, according to reports in Italy.

The 19-year-old has broken into the first team in the past 12 months, making 28 appearances in Brazil's Serie A so far and netting four goals. He also featured prominently in Santos' 2020 Copa Libertadores campaign, playing in 12 games including the final, which Palmeiras won 1-0 courtesy of a last-second winner from Breno Lopes.

Kaio Jorge
Jorge is one of the most highly rated young talents in Brazil / Silvio Avila/Getty Images

According to Calcio Mercato, several of Europe's top clubs have been keeping tabs on Jorge's quick rise. Inter are heavily interested but it is said that reports that they have already tied up a deal are wide of the mark. Apparently Santos do not expect an agreement to be struck with Inter unless 'surprises' occur in the coming weeks and months.

The Nerazzurri's failure to get a deal over the line seems to have opened the door for rivals clubs to make a move for Jorge. Chelsea and Arsenal are understood to have already made contact with the player's agent, Giuliano Bertolucci, who also has the likes of Marquinhos, David Neres and Felipe Anderson on his books.

The Premier League pair are not the only clubs hunting Jorge either. Ajax and Lyon - who both have fine reputations for developing young players - have also been mentioned as possible destinations, as have Shakhtar Donetsk, who already boast a sizeable contingent of Brazilian players in their squad.
Inter also face competition from Serie A title rivals Juventus for his signature.

Jorge's current is set to expire in December 2021 and unless he accepts Santos' offer to extend his stay until 2024, he will be available to negotiate a deal with a European club fairly soon.