Celtic have £6.5m option to buy Jota after Benfica policy change

Celtic signed Jota on a deadline day deal with the Benfica starlet arriving on a loan-to-buy basis from the Portuguese giants. However, it is claimed that a new policy at the Estadio da Luz has allowed Celtic to potentially take the highly-rated attacker for a minimal fee.

It is claimed by a report from Portugal, via The Record, that players were previously sent out on loan by Benfica with no option to buy but the players decided that they wanted the opportunity to make their moves permanent in the future. As a result, Celtic could pounce if they can agree to sign the winger.

The 22-year-old spent last year on loan at La Liga side Real Valladolid and made 19 appearances, scoring once and assisting once but the Portuguese winger with be hoping that joining Ange Postecoglou’s side as competition in the wide areas will give him the chance to really show his true potential.

The Portuguese starlet’s loan-to-buy move could be seen as an excellent piece of business with Moi Elyounoussi’s loan ending as well as Kyogo’s ability to play off the left and also up the middle meaning that he will get ample opportunities for the club given the length of the season.

If Celtic are impressed, they can exercise the £6.5m option to buy and take the left winger on a permanent basis. Celtic had been linked with Kristijan Lovric from Gorica; however, it appears that the club have moved instead for the former Portugal U21 star.

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