Yesterday, Jota’s expected move to Celtic was reported in the Portuguese media as being likely to be concluded by the end of this week.
The publication has indicated a deal to sign Jota from Benfica on a permanent basis could be concluded ‘in the next few hours’ reporting the monetary side of the deal with Benfica as already being agreed, meanwhile the discussions surrounding personal terms between the player and Celtic are all but settled.
There had been rumours payments to agents rather than personal terms with Jota himself were the cause of the delay, but whatever the hold-up it would appear Celtic may be in a position to unveil Jota as a permanent addition to Ange Postecoglou’s team in short order.
The report claims Celtic will pay 7.5m Euros for Jota and that Benfica will have a 25% sell on clause attached to the deal, and on the back of Celtic shelling out £6m to Spurs for Cameron Carter-Vickers, with that particular deal likely to reach as high as £10m, Celtic are making a real statement of intent this summer when it comes to backing Ange Postecoglou in the transfer market.
Both those fees for Carter-Vickers are substantial outlays for a club like Celtic who are hindered financially by the league we operate in, but are bolstered by the fact the club can count on Champions League revenue being guaranteed after a title win led to automatic group stage qualification.
Meanwhile on the other side of the city, last season’s league rivals and Europa league finalists are extending contracts for the likes of Steven Davis (37) Alan McGregor (40) and Scott Arfield (33) presumably as they count the cost of an undisclosed out of court settlement with Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley.