There has been a huge development regarding the future of Celtic’s on-loan star, Jota…
According to journalist Barry Anderson, the Scottish Premiership outfit are “set to sign” the Portuguese winger on a permanent deal, with a fee in the region of £6.3m set to prise him away from parent club, Benfica.
Writing on his Twitter account, Anderson said of the 23-year-old’s future that: “Celtic set to sign Jota permanently from Benfica for £6.3m (€7.5m). The winger is happy to stay in Scotland and Benfica expect the buyout clause in his loan deal to be activated by CFC.”
The Lisbon-born forward joined the Hoops on a season-long loan deal in the summer, with the Glasgow outfit seemingly set to activate the buy option that they included in that original deal.
Both supporters and manager Ange Postecoglou can now breathe a huge sigh of relief following this latest update, with the fleet-footed gem – who has been dubbed “terrific” by BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves – set to be a permanent fixture at Parkhead for years to come.
In what has been a tremendous campaign for the club as a whole, with a title triumph now seemingly an inevitability, on a personal note it has also proven a standout season for Jota, with the £4.75m-rated man having dazzled in the famous green and white jersey.
A relative unknown upon his arrival, the former Portugal U21 international quickly cemented his status as a fans’ favourite, proving himself a vital cog in the manager’s relentless, attacking machine.
In his debut campaign thus far, the one-time Valladolid-loanee has registered a hugely impressive tally of 12 goals and a further 12 assists in all competitions, with only Hearts’ Barry McKay (ten) and Rangers’ James Tavernier (12) providing more than his nine league assists in the Scottish top-flight.
Dubbed a “game-changer” by former Scotland boss Alex McLeish, he has made an instant impression on both fans and pundits alike, with it looking as if he will be able to delight those onlookers again next season.
As former player Peter Grant suggested, Jota is unlikely to receive the same “adulation anywhere else”, hence his desire to stay put. Postecoglou will certainly need him next season as his side attempts to make its mark on the Champions League.