Portuguese Report: Benfica policy change led to vital clause in Celtic Jota signing

By David Walton

September 6, 2021

A change in policy from Benfica this summer led to Celtic managing to land an option to buy clause in the signing of Jota, according to Portuguese outlet Record.

The report states that The Eagles have amended how they deal with youngsters who have come through the club’s academy system who are not part of the manager’s plans.

Last season, Jota was sent out on loan along with Tomas Tavares and Florentino Luis. Record claims all had a recall option with no option to buy included. However this summer, all three left Benfica with an option to buy clause in their loan contracts.

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Record reports that this is something that was pushed by the players. They believe that with this being the case, they’ll be used more regularly by the managers of their loan clubs. Jota included.

This is something Benfica were clearly happy to go along with. Record states that they want €7.5m [£6.4m] for Jota’s services. They also want 50% of any future sale should Celtic keep the player.

It’s unclear if this would be 50% of any profit on a deal over £6.4m, similar to the clause PSG had for Edouard.

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Jota to Celtic on a permanent basis is the ideal result

Ideally, Celtic would be able to bag the Portugal under-21 international permanently this summer. His fee is certainly affordable, but Jota will need to show that his talent is worth splashing out for.

It’s simply not as easy as saying that because the player has played 34 times for Benfica that he’s good enough for the Parkhead club. He needs to prove that he can adapt to the more physical nature of Scottish football. That he can prove to be a good fit for Ange Postecoglou’s system.

Some may be concern that the clause has just been thrown in so the player will definitely get more minutes. After all, there’s no obligation for the player to accept a permanent move next summer. Especially if others become interested in his services.

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But they also seldom join clubs that they don’t wish to join in the longer term. If Jota is looking to make his name in both European and international football, he’s at the right place. Celtic have big plans in the coming years under Postecoglou, and he has the opportunity to be at the front and centre of it.

It’s important that there isn’t too much pressure put on him too quickly. It’s easy to forget that the player is only 22 years of age. It’s a big move for him and his first time moving to a totally different footballing environment.

Hopefully, this proves to be as exciting a deal as it looks at face value.

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