Liverpool wanted Brazilian youngster Kaio Jorge, according to his agent. The teenager joins Juventus from Santos, however.
Kaio Jorge is a very highly-rated teenager coming out of Brazil. The forward has quickly built a reputation for himself – enough so that Juventus will sign him.
The Old Lady pays around £2.5m for the privilege, adding the 19-year-old to their array of exciting young players. But they weren’t the only ones looking.
Andrea Bagnoli, Jorge’s agent, claims Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid had real interest. Juventus, though, were the only ones who took that interest further.
“I know that he was followed with interest by Atlético Madrid, Liverpool and Tottenham, but all the top clubs were informed,” Bagnoli told CalcioMercato.
“He was followed by several European clubs, but in the end the most decisive club always wins.”
The agent then explained just what he thought his client could become – with the right coaching.
“A little Lautaro [Martinez], a little [Roberto] Firmino,” he said. “He is a player with their characteristics, but by finding him the right position and giving him experience he can also turn into a Neymar.”
Liverpool miss out on Kaio Jorge
Given Juventus signed Jorge, it’s reasonable to expect that Liverpool had eyes on the situation. He’s clearly a player worth considering.
It’s worth explaining why that fee is so low, too – the teenager’s contract expired in a few months. He was always available on the cheap.
But it doesn’t sound as though Liverpool were that interested. Otherwise, they’d have surely bid or at least put up a fight that drove up the price.
And there’s certainly some agent talk happening at the end there – unless Jorge truly is the world’s most perfect striker waiting to happen.
He’ll be one to watch, though, certainly. We’ll wait and see if Liverpool perhaps should have fought harder in the end.