CalcioMercato.it revealed about two months ago that Arsenal are interested in signing Santos wonderkid Kaio Jorge this summer.
The teenager is one of the most exciting young players in Brazil at the moment. His allegiance with Santos has brought in the obvious comparisons to Neymar, but Goal labelled him as the ‘new Ronaldo’ last year.
Those are some pretty big names to live up to but the comparisons haven’t stopped just there.
Former Napoli star Andre Cruz felt that the Neymar and Ronaldo comparisons just weren’t enough, so, he decided to throw AC Milan icon, Andriy Shevchenko, into the mix as well.
He said, as per I Am Naples: “A couple of months ago they asked me, in an interview, the name of a player who is ready for Europe. I answered Kaio Jorge. He has technique, movement and, above all, he is a goalscorer.
“The Italian championship, however, is difficult. He will have to adapt to the mentality. Who does Kaio Jorge look like? In him, I see a little of Abel Balbo and a little of (Andriy) Shevchenko.”
Should Arsenal sign Kaio Jorge?
If Edu believes Jorge is the real deal, we can’t really argue, can we?
There aren’t many people in the world whose knowledge of Brazilian football is as good as Edu’s. Our sporting director’s contacts in South America is arguably unrivalled in the Premier League – just look at our signings of Gabriel Magalhaes, Pablo Mari and most notbaly, Gabriel Martinelli.
Jorge could well be Edu’s next big find. He could come to Arsenal and have the same kind of impact as Martinelli has had over the last two years.
However, the key difference here is that Gabi was never compared to anyone, while this kid from Santos has been tipped to emulate three absolutely incredible attackers – those expectations will be extremely hard to live up to, but if he’s really as good as people claim he is, that shouldn’t be a problem at all.