Sky reporter: Celtic already expect to take up purchase option on Jota
Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph has claimed that Celtic already expect to be trying to sign new loan star Jota permanently next summer.
The Portuguese U21 international has joined the Parkhead club on a loan agreement until the end of the season from Benfica. Included in the deal, however, is an option-to-buy clause that Celtic can take up.
For now, Celtic supporters just want to see the winger in action. Arriving in Scotland with a glowing reputation, Hoops fans are expecting to see big things from the Benfica man ahead of a potential debut against Ross County on Saturday.
And it appears that Celtic as a club may be expecting Jota to produce some big feats during his time here. Speaking on the Celtic Exchange Podcast, Sky’s Joseph believes the Hoops already expect to be trying to pull off a permanent deal next year.
“I was told by one source that they fully expect to be trying to buy him next summer. They expect him to flourish, and they expect him to really set the place alight.
“He’s highly regarded at Celtic, and they’ve done very well to get him in with an option to buy. I believe it’s a bit less than £6.5m, the option to buy, I think it’s just over £6m.”
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Celtic will have to see plenty from Jota to part with over £6m
Celtic don’t part with their money easily. That’s one thing about the club we’ve grown used to accepting. If the Hoops are going to be letting go of a figure over £6m, you can bet it’s because they’ve been wowed by a particular talent.
It’s always dangerous predicting permanent moves for loan players. Particularly when you’re doing so right at the beginning of the arragement. You simply never know what’s going to happen over the course of a campaign.
After all, look at what happened with the Shane Duffy scenario. Many would’ve expected him to be getting to grips with his second year at the club by now. We don’t need reminding of what actually happened.
When loan players come to the club, it’s almost our first reaction to find out if the player wants to stay. Then it becomes our next goal to find out whether the club want to make it permanent. But there are a ton of variables that can affect these two opinions throughout a season.
So it’s important we allow Jota to breathe. Let him take in his new surroundings and his new footballing environment. At the same time, give Celtic the proper amount of time to make their mind up on both him and fellow loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Time will tell whether we make a move for either. But the time to discuss it is still a long way off.