Celtic are in advanced talks regarding a deal to bring Jota to Parkhead on a permanent basis in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Portuguese publication A Bola (via Football Scotland), who claim that, following the Benfica loanee returning to his parent club in order to see the medical staff regarding his hamstring injury, talks between Celtic and the Liga NOS side are advancing concerning the 22-year-old’s permanent switch to the Bhoys.
However, the report does go on to state that, rather than Celtic’s option to buy clause being the €7.5m (£6.5m) widely reported, this figure will actually be used as a starting point for negotiations in the Hoops’ bid to secure the services of the winger beyond the end of his current loan deal.
While it would appear that, from the latest reports, there is still some work to be done in finalising Jota’s permanent switch to Parkhead, should Ange Postecoglou manage to get a deal over the line for the Portugal U21 international this month, it would not only be the biggest outlay since the 56-year-old’s arrival in Glasgow last summer, but it would also arguably be his biggest addition to the Celtic squad.
Indeed, over his 11 Premiership outings so far this season, the £4.95m-rated winger has been in astonishing form for the Bhoys, having already scored five goals, provided four assists and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of three shots and making 1.5 key passes per game.
These returns have seen the player Postecoglou himself dubbed an “unbelievable” talent average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.38, ranking him as the sixth-best player in the entirety of the Scottish top flight.
As such, it is clear for all to see that signing Jota on a permanent basis would be well worth the cost for Celtic, as the 22-year-old undoubtedly possesses the ability to help the Bhoys reclaim their Premiership crown come the end of the season – an outcome that would certainly be worth the rough £6.5m fee to secure his signing.