Liverpool midfielder linked with Al-Ittihad move as speculation moves on from Celtic raid

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho could be set to link up with Jota at Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad. The Brazilian midfielder is reportedly being targeted in a move worth £40m but this is potentially reassuring news for Celtic supporters as it means that they are unlikely to return to Celtic this summer.

There had been a suggestion that Reo Hatate would be the next player to be targeted by the cash-rich Saudi outfit. According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Fabinho is wanted and there is expected to move quite quickly towards completion.

Hatate was actually the first player to be linked with a move to the Saudi Gulf when his name appeared on social media. There was a suggestion that he would be next to be pursued after the Jota deal but speculation has cooled and efforts to sign Fabinho would likely put an end to that speculation.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – APRIL 30: Jota of Celtic celebrates after scoring only goal of the game during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 30, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Reo Hatate and Luka Modric of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Group F match at Celtic Park, Photo Neil Hanna / Sportimage

Hatate has made 66 appearances for Celtic since arriving from Kawasaki Frontale in the January of 2022. In that time, Reo scored thirteen times and assisted a further fourteen times. The midfielder was exceptional last season and could go to another level under Brendan Rodgers. Although, with Ange managing Spurs, he may fancy a move to the English Premier League in the not too distant future.

Jota spent two years at Celtic, with the first being a loan from Benfica before a £6.5m move last summer. In 83 appearances, Jota has scored 28 goals and assisted 26 times. This form prompted the £27m interest from Saudi, where he now links up with Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante in Jeddah.

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