Portuguese Report: Celtic and Benfica advance Jota negotiations despite training centre visit

By John McGinley

January 3, 2022

Celtic and Benfica are advancing talks on the permanent signing of attacker Jota, Portuguese outlet A Bola has reported today.

As we discussed yesterday, Jota returned to his parent club over the weekend for an injury assessment and to receive treatment on a hamstring problem suffered last month.

A few mischief-making headlines portrayed this as a problem. However, A Bola reports this as normal and that the two clubs will now enter negotiations for a summer move.

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It’s said Benfica had already assumed that Celtic would want to exercise the purchase option in his loan and a fee of €7.5m [£6.31m] will serve as a starting point for negotiations.

Jota has been in fantastic form for the Bhoys since joining in the summer. He’s scored eight goals and created six assists in 18 appearances for the club, excelling both domestically and in Europe.

It’s an absolute no-brainer to sign him up for the long-term. Thankfully that appears to be exactly what is happening.

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Manager Ange Postecoglou has made no secret of the fact he wants Jota to stay in Glasgow for the long-term, just like Cameron Carter-Vickers. Both players were signed with a long-term plan in mind, not just for the season.

Hopefully talks with Benfica and Jota’s agents go smoothly and we can get this deal wrapped up quickly. It’d be a huge morale-boost for the support if the winger could be signed up permanently in short order.

In other news, Report: Midfielder told he can leave Celtic; contract expiring.