Celtic are hoping to secure the permanent signing of Jota in the January transfer window.
That’s according to reports from Portugal (via Daily Record) which claimed that Michael Nicholson and Ange Postecoglou are ready to push forward with their efforts to secure a permanent deal for the Benfica loanee in the winter market, with Celtic believed to hold a €7.5m (£6.5m) option-to-buy clause in the winger’s deal.
It is then claimed that the 22-year-old has “enchanted” Celtic with his performances since arriving at Parkhead this summer. It is also suggested that, should the Bhoys indeed stump up the cash for the player this January, the Portugal under-21 international is likely to have a significant resale value for the club almost immediately.
Considering just how impressive Jota has been since his arrival at Parkhead back in August, it would be hard to think that Celtic securing a permanent deal for the winger in January would be anything other than a major coup for the Bhoys.
Indeed, over his eight Premiership appearances so far this season, the £3.15m-rated forward has already scored two goals, registered three assists and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 2.8 shots and making 1.5 key passes per game.
These returns have seen the £7.1k-per-week forward average a SofaScore match rating of 7.19, ranking him as the Hoops’ fifth-best performer in the top flight among players who are still a part of Postecoglou’s first team squad.
It has not only been domestically that Jota has impressed, as the 22-year-old has also bagged one goal, registered two assists and created four big chances over his four appearances in the Europa League, seeing him average a SofaScore match rating of 7.55.
It is clear for all to see that, should Nicholson be able to seal a permanent January deal for the man who Owen Hargreaves dubbed a “clinical” player, it would be a fantastic piece of business for the acting chief executive to get over the line, particularly for as little as £6.5m.