Report: Celtic have been in contact on Jota deal for extended period

By David Walton

May 24, 2022

Celtic have been in contact with Benfica over a permanent move for Jota for an extended period of time, according to Football Scotland.

Hoops fans are still waiting anxiously to see if the Portuguese youth talent will commit to Celtic Park on a permanent basis. It had been reported by the media in Portugal that only a “huge turnaround” would see the player fail to return next season [A Bola].

The Athletic, meanwhile, have today claimed that Benfica boss Roger Schmidt doesn’t see the player in his plans next year. It’s stated there that Jota sees Celtic as the perfect place for his development.

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And now Football Scotland have claimed that Celtic have been in touch with Benfica for an extended period over a potential move for the attacker. It’s said that progress had been put on hold to allow both Celtic and Jota to focus on winning the Premiership title.

Jota ended his campaign in Glasgow with a stunning 13 goals and 14 assists to his name [Transfermarkt].

It’s been reported in the past that Celtic will have to fork out £6.5m to get any potential deal done [Sky Sports].

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Celtic move for Jota looking more and more inevitable

The reporting surrounding a potential Celtic move for Jota is looking more and more positive by the week. It looks as though this one doesn’t have long before it’s confirmed, and if it is, it’ll be a huge boost for the supporters.

We’re probably already seeing one of the main advantages of winning the league this season and qualifying for the UCL. There’s a reason this move now looks like a certainty. You can bet that one of the main pulls is the fact that we’ll be playing UCL football this season.

It’s brilliant for the football club and this is why. Not that the move has been officially confirmed yet, but you won’t find many Celtic supporters too concerned about it falling through.

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The cash shouldn’t be an option for the Hoops, whilst Jota himself will know what making an impact in the UCL could do for his career. That’s what plenty of these Celtic players will now be thinking.

Snapping up Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers would be a fine way to kick off our transfer work. If reports are anything to go by, it looks as though we’re set to get a deal done for the latter too [Daily Record].

The feel-good atmosphere around Celtic at the moment just keeps growing stronger. Fingers crossed we get these deals done quickly then to boost morale further.

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