Santos President Andres Rueda reveals he made an ‘unrefusable’ contract extension offer to Kaio Jorge and reveals the details of the striker’s move to Juventus.

The Brazilian starlet is set to arrive in Turin on Wednesday or Thursday, signing a contract until 2026 with the Old Lady.

Kaio Jorge had agreed to personal terms with the Bianconeri ahead of a potential free transfer to Turin in January.

However, the Serie A giants have reached an agreement with Santos so that the player will join the Bianconeri earlier this summer.

Santos President Andres Rueda has revealed the club tried to tie the young striker to a new contract.

“We offered him a new contract in January. I had offered him the 20% from his future and 20% more to his family, so Santos would only keep 60% of his transfer value,” Rueda said during the Conselho Deliberativo of the club, according to reports in Brazil.

“He would have received a pay rise and a release clause to leave Santos for at least €15m.

“However, the player didn’t accept the offer, so we had to take a new path.

“We reached an agreement [with Juventus] after arduous negotiations. A fixed transfer fee plus bonuses that are easy to achieve. The first bonus is linked to Juventus’ Champions League qualification and we have the priority if Kaio leaves on loan.

“In the end we achieve the best for everyone. Juventus made an excellent signing and Santos managed to earn something.”

Kaio Jorge scored eight goals in 28 appearances across all competitions last term.

Milan had also been linked with securing the player’s services, but Juventus managed to agree to personal terms with the young striker before their rivals.

The Bianconeri will reportedly pay €1.5m by the end of the year and €1.5m if they qualify for the Champions League next season.

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