Arsenal and Chelsea dealt blows as rumoured target Kaiky issues stance on £8.6m transfer
Arsenal and Chelsea have been dealt blows to their pursuits of Brazilian sensation Kaiky as the defender has told ESPN Brazil that he has no intentions of leaving Santos anytime soon.
The Premier League big-hitters were put to Kaiky as potential destinations, alongside rival interest from Manchester United, Juventus and Ajax as some of Europe’s elite aim to add a rising gem to their ranks.
Arsenal and Ajax have been sounding out Kaiky’s situation for a while, with reports by Goal Brazil last month claiming the pair are seeking additional information on the 17-year-old’s situation through their scouts.
No side would be able to acquire Kaiky, who Santos consider to be a ‘phenomenon’ with the potential to play for a top European side, until next January once he turns 18, and is protected by a €70million (£60.3m) release clause.
Kaiky is, however, said to be worth €10m (£8.6m) in the current market, having cut out a regular role under Ariel Horan at the Urbano Caldeira Stadium, where he is praised for his quality on the ball, before the Argentine was replaced at the helm by Fernando Diniz.
The change in leadership has not led to a change in heart from the Brazil U17 international, as Kaiky has expressed desires of enjoying a long trophy-laden career with Santos before exploring his options away from South America.
“This conversation is more with my manager, but my thoughts at the moment are Santos,” he said. “I love this club very much, I don’t want to leave soon, I want to win many titles here, it’s the club I support, the club of my heart. I hope to build a beautiful story here, win many titles and then think about the way out.”
Kaiky expressing desires of remaining at the Urbano Caldeira Stadium for the foreseeable future will come as a blow for Arsenal, Chelsea and the clutch of top European sides eager to add his name to their ranks while available at a fraction of his lucrative release clause.
The longer the centre-back remains at Santos, establishes a prominent role for himself and wins trophy after trophy, the more his Campeonato Paulista side will be able to demand in any eventual negotiations – which are yet to begin.
He has already cut out a name for himself, somewhat, at just 17, to be regarded so highly by Santos and a host of potential suitors, who will be loath to miss out on the potential next Marquinhos who Kaiky sees himself in.
“The player who inspires me the most on the field and who has a lot of my profile is Marquinhos,” Kaiky added. “A lot of people compare me with him and I’m very honoured with that. I admire him as a person and as a player, he is exceptional.”
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