Mark Guidi has dropped a worrying claim regarding Celtic’s bid to make Jota’s stay at Parkhead a permanent move.
Speaking recently on The Go Radio Football Show, the journalist suggested that, despite previous reports claiming that Ange Postecoglou’s side possess a £6.5m option to buy the Benfica winger, the Bhoys’ clause for the 22-year-old may not be as watertight as originally perceived.
Regarding the Hoops’ hopes of sealing Jota’s permanent transfer, Guidi said:
“There are two ways you can look at this. Because there will only be a handful of people that really know what’s there in black and white.
“It could well be that the clause that we believe Celtic have got is absolutely watertight. Therefore there’s no panic from Celtic. There’s no need to buy him [in January] and release a couple of million quid of the first instalment that you could have in your own account.
“Or, the other part might be that what we’ve read and heard isn’t accurate and there’s a bit of work needing to be done and there might be a wee bit of panic. We don’t know.
“I always love it when people say: ‘He’s earning thirty grand a week and they paid £6.73m for him.’ Nonsense – unless you’ve actually seen it in black and white. Show us the contract. If somebody could see that, then fine. But I’m always sceptical about what we take for granted.
“So, I think Celtic are probably in a good position, but maybe it’s not 100% certain that they can get him for six and a half million. I hope I’m wrong.”
Considering just how impressive Jota has been since his temporary switch to Parkhead last summer, Guidi’s suggestion that Celtic’s clause to sign the Portugal U21 international permanently may not be as cut and dry as initially believed is sure to have left Bhoys fans gutted.
Indeed, over his 17 Premiership appearances so far this season, the £4.95m-rated magician has been in breathtaking form for the Hoops, having already bagged seven goals, provided five assists and created five big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.6 shots and making 1.4 key passes per game.
Furthermore, the 22-year-old has also scored a further three goals and registered three assists in the Europa League, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup – taking his seasonal haul to 10 goals and eight assists over just 26 appearances for Postecoglou’s side.
As such, it is clear for all to see that the permanent signing of Jota would be something of a major coup for the Bhoys, particularly for a fee of just £6.5m.
However, following Guidi’s recent claim, Celtic fans will undoubtedly be fretting that their club do indeed hold a purchase option for the Portuguese sensation, as, if they don’t, they could well be waving goodbye to the winger for good come the end of the season.