A big claim has been made on Celtic and their potential deal to sign Jota on a permanent basis…
Transfer insider Pete O’Rourke has revealed that Ange Postecoglou will be bugging the board to wrap up a move for the Portuguese forward as quickly as possible.
He is currently on loan from Benfica and the reporter does not believe that they will encounter any problems with his contract.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “Obviously they have got that option to buy in there, so the fee is all agreed, Celtic just need to stump it up and I’m sure personal terms won’t be an issue.
“Postecoglou will be calling on the Celtic hierarchy to get this deal done so he can start preparing for next season with Jota in his plans.”
This update will surely leave the Celtic supporters buzzing for multiple reasons.
Firstly, they will be pleased to read that personal terms will not be an issue. Whilst the transfer fee has already been agreed, the Hoops would not be able to sign him permanently if he was not willing to put pen to paper on a long-term contract at Parkhead.
However, this fresh claim from O’Rourke suggests that he is open to staying in Glasgow beyond the end of the campaign, allaying any fears that he viewed his future elsewhere.
The fans will also be delighted as signing Jota will be a major deal for the club. He has been a huge player for Celtic throughout the campaign and the supporters will surely want to see him in action for Postecoglou next term, with his exciting play out on the wing.
In 27 Premiership outings, the 23-year-old has scored nine goals and provided ten assists. He has created a whopping 15 ‘big chances’ and 2.1 chances per match in the division – showing that he has been able to deliver in the final third on a regular basis in the Scottish top-flight.
He also caught the eye in the Europa League earlier in the season. Jota was directly involved in four goals (two goals and two assists) in five starts in the competition – averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.40. The winger has the quality to make a big impact in Europe and that makes him a key player ahead of a potential Champions League campaign next term.
Fans will, therefore, be buzzing with Postecoglou pushing for this deal to be done as he is a terrific player who can have a major impact on the team next season, just as he has in the current one.