Jota option-to-buy fee explained as Celtic tipped to potentially sign him for less
Former Celtic hero Jorge Cadete believes the Hoops could be in line to nab Jota for less than his current option-to-buy figure next summer.
Portuguese winger Jota is currently at Parkhead on a season-long loan deal from Benfica. The Hoops have the opportunity to purchase him permanently, with the transfer fee reportedly sitting at just over £6m [Sky Sports].
The talented wide-man has started life in Glasgow in superb fashion. Already a fan-favourite after his deadline-day arrival, Jota has 2 goals and 2 assists in 7 appearances [Transfermarkt]. His late winner at Aberdeen last Sunday only ingratiated himself further with the Celtic support.
But despite having a fairly hefty option-to-buy fee attached to his name, Jota could potentially sign for the Hoops in a cheaper deal as Cadete explained the process in Portugal.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Cadete said: “It’s too early to talk about the value of Jota if Celtic want to buy him. It’s normal for clubs when they loan a young player abroad, they fix the buy clause at a high price. Jota has been mentioned at six or seven million Euros.
“But after the season, this figure is normally not the same as it was before. It might well be lower than that by then. I’d like Jota to stay at Celtic in the long-term because I think it can be good for both parties. The Celtic supporters have an exciting player so it keeps them happy.
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“And for the player, he can develop even more in Scotland for the next two or three years. He can show all the qualities he has. When you play for a club like Celtic, teams all over the world are watching you. And it’s not an easy place to play so you can impress. It can be the same for Jota.”
Celtic won’t make any rash decision on Jota, and neither will Benfica
If Benfica don’t see a future for Jota in Portugal then they’ll be open to discussions next summer. It’s as simple as that from their perspective.
However, at the same time, they’ll be keeping their options open as to what they can do with the player next year. They’ll mainly be hoping that his performances at Celtic attract other clubs to potentially spark a bidding war for his services.
But at the same time, Celtic will be in no rush to do a deal either. Despite the fact fans want the Hoops to make a pre-contract move already, it’s a lot of money we’re talking. We know the club well enough to know that they won’t splash £6m on a player so rashly. Not when he’s still to show a certain level of consistency.
And who knows? As Cadete touches on, his option-to-buy figure could even decrease. Especially if there isn’t a great deal of interest in the player next summer. Something Celtic will desperately be hoping for if they are interested.
There will come a time when Celtic will need to make a definitive decision on Jota. We all know that. But let’s not kid ourselves, we’re nowhere near that stage just yet.