• Juventus is still tracking AC Milan target and Santos striker Kaio Jorge
  • The Old Lady has been linked to Jorge even before the past season ended
  • The teenager is being likened to Neymar

Juventus could be looking at forming a possible attacking arsenal with Cristiano Ronaldo and a Brazilian rising star.

While it is becoming more and more apparent that AC Milan is the favorite to sign Santos striker Kaio Jorge, the Rossoneri’s Serie A rival Juventus is said to be still in the mix, per Italian outlet Tuttosport.

The Old Lady has "a free box" for a couple of signings in case its "non-European" players find themselves departing the club, and Jorge is among the targets being considered, the report said.

An earlier report said that Juventus has been planning to pair Jorge with Ronaldo even before the past season ended.

The 19-year-old’s current deal at Santos is set to expire at the end of this year.

However, Santos president Andres Rueda has admitted that Jorge’s situation is “complicated.”

Regardless of all the transfer link-ups, Rueda insisted that the “biggest goal” is to not let the teenager leave.

“Kaio's situation is also complicated, a cucumber for us to peel,” Rueda told Baixada Esporte earlier this year.

“The biggest goal is not to sell [Jorge], it is not to lose a player that the club has invested, believed in, and given free space for free,” he added. “It is our priority. Once the contract is renewed, we have to see why the player is very targeted in Europe.”

AC Milan, on the other hand, is searching for a long-term solution in its attack with Zlatan Ibrahimovic already aging and Olivier Giroud heading to Chelsea.

The Rossoneri is now focused on bringing in a younger striker, and the club is yearning to have Jorge via free transfer in the winter window, per Sky Italia via

Kaio Jorge of Santos
Kaio Jorge of Santos Getty Images | Marcelo Endelli

Jorge has been playing some of the best football of his career. This past season, the prolific striker has bagged a total of 15 goals in 75 appearances for Santos.

Inspired by Brazilian icons such as Pele, Zito, Pepe and Coutinho, Jorge is already carving his own path in the sport.

In fact, he is already being dubbed in his country as the “New Neymar.”

“In 2011 I was watching Neymar on TV and now I am here scoring goals,” Jorge said earlier this year.

What’s even more interesting is that Jorge equaled the record of his childhood idol by scoring a goal at the Copa Sao Paulo--the most prestigious youth tournament in Brazil--at age 15.