“Fee gonna be around €30m,” Fabrizio Romano’s Sunday morning Jota update

Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano has posted a Sunday morning update on the imminent transfer of Celtic’s Portuguese winger Jota to Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad. He confirms that the the Celtic player has spoken to the Al Ittihad coach Nuno and states that the transfer is now ‘considered imminent’ and set to be go through next week week. His update on the transfer fee is that it will be around €30m with those discussions ongoing.

Sky Sports provided this update late last night…

The final matters that seem still to be settled relate to the payment terms of the transfer fee with the Saudis looking to pay in instalments whereas Celtic, quite understandably, are insisting that it is paid in full on completion of the deal.

A few wee points worth adding to this, as clearly Jota has had Celtic’s permission to speak to Al-Ittihad and that seems to have been going off throughout June. Remember that rather awkward media conference at Hampden after the Scottish Cup Final win where Ange Postecoglou would not comment about his own future but just wanted us all to enjoy the celebrations after winning the Treble?  Ange said that he could guarantee that there were players in that dressing room who would not be here next season.

Earlier Postecoglou avoided the players as much as possible during the celebrations and before that he substituted Jota just after he scored the second goal of the game, and the two embraced on the touchline as the goalscorer left the park.

Jota also was not present in one of the informal team photos on the pitch at Hampden – looking back both manager and player were well aware that that that was their last day at Celtic. That’s not a moan incidentally, just an observation and as Just An Ordinary Bhoy posted yesterday, you can’t blame Jota for taking this opportunity with the money on offer. The same goes for Ange Postecolgou realising his own ambition to manage in the Premier League, where the money he earns will be significantly higher than at Celtic.

Both Ange and Jota have been very good for Celtic for the past two seasons and coming to Celtic certainly has been very good for them. Celtic’s record transfer fee paid is the £9m paid to Paris Saint Germaine for Odsonne Edouard in 2018, in the same window we sold Kieran Tierney for £25m.

Expect that record to be broken shortly and by quite a margin.

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