Andres Rueda, president of Santos, spoke about Caio Jorge’s departure to Juventus at a meeting of the deliberative board. The 19-year-old striker terminated his contract in December and ended up heading to Turin for a fee of around €3 million.
“In January I made a proposal which I thought was irrefutable. I suggested him 20 percent of the pass. Santos was 100 per cent. I suggested 20 per cent for the player, 20 per cent for the manager and Santos would get 60 per cent, plus a good raise and a condition to sell Santos at a minimum of 15 million euros. The message was: “Let’s renew and that’s good for everyone.” The player did not accept, so the path is clearly drawn. We had nothing to do but look for proposals. We got one of the most interesting European clubs for Santos [Benfica], given the fact that he will be out for free in six months. This proposal lasted until the last minute, and when we were informed of the two proposals … one for nothing and the other for one million euros, we showed our offer and that the player is helping as he said,” he said, in remarks reproduced by sports newspaper.
Rueda also specifically addressed Benfica’s proposal.
“We had disagreements, we need to act decisively and even use the previously signed two-way automatic renewal. Santos’ reason was in doubt in FIFA. Some lawyers said the chance was nil, others said it was 60-40 per cent. We got the terms after hard negotiations, Practically similar to this proposal. [do Benfica]. X value of the euro, achievable rewards. The first is that Juventus go to the Champions League. We are left with 5 per cent capital gains and priority return to Brazil via purchase or loan. They may think it is useless because he will ask for a million euros, but this priority is worth it. I hope we’re better off and if we’re not, that’s important if he wants to move to another club. This team will have to pay us something. No club can come to Santos and do what they want. In the end we did the best for everyone. He concluded that Juventus achieved excellent possession by paying less, and Santos, between receiving nothing, would gain something.
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