Report: Exciting behind-the-scenes update on Celtic-Jota transfer talks

By David Walton

January 10, 2022

The Daily Record last night produced the update many Celtic fans had been waiting for as they reported that the Hoops are close to finalising a deal for Jota.

The Record reports that talks have been progressing well between Celtic and Benfica in recent days. A figure of £6m was mentioned in the report as the option-to-buy clause.

Jota has been a massive fan-favourite of the Hoops supporters this season too. Midway through the campaign, the Portuguese talent has already bagged 8 goals and 6 assists [Transfermarkt]. Only an injury over the course of December stopped him from running into double-digits on both.

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The Celtic supporters have been calling for the Hoops to do a deal on Jota for months. With his loan period being a rousing success, the Portuguese talent has won the hearts and minds of the Parkhead faithful.

This isn’t something that’s likely to impress the Benfica supporters however. They’ve been taking notice of his performances recently and have been urging the club to ensure he stays in Lisbon for the long-term [A Bola].

It’s unclear whether Jota would have a long-term future if Portugal if he went back. Especially with Benfica due to be under new management come the summer.

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Jota knows what he could get from a permanent Celtic move

By all accounts, Jota has taken to Celtic just as much as the supporters have taken to him. He knows exactly what he would be getting at Parkhead if he moved. That has to work in our favour.

In fact, he knows he’ll get guaranteed first-team minutes and opportunities. Not just in the Scottish Premiership either, but potentially in the Champions League next season.

He will have an exposure to European football that wouldn’t be the case if he was to head back to Benfica. It also remains to be seen what level of competition Celtic have for the player’s signature.

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However, if he leaves in the summer and goes elsewhere, he’ll need to prove himself all over again. That’s something he could do without given the clear impact he’s already made in Glasgow.

There is plenty of time for the player to try and taste one of European football’s top leagues. There’s no rush given his tender age of 22.

Hopefully, that’s something the player understands too as this one looks set to progress.

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