Celtic should have ‘positive talks’ with Jota before the winger seals his permanent move to Parkhead, according to the reporter Pete O’Rourke.
Jota joined the Bhoys on a season-long loan from Portuguese giants Benfica during last summer’s transfer window, but it looks like he now has a long-term future at Glasgow.
What’s the latest news about Jota?
According to Journal de NoticiasCeltic have informed Benfica that they will exercise the £6.3million buy clause in the loan deal.
The report suggests to Jota, who is represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes, is keen to stay with the Scottish Premiership giants and has told his parent club he wants to complete the permanent switch.
Portuguese media A bola have revealed that Celtic have already opened contract talks with the winger as they are eager to complete a deal as soon as possible.
However, the same publication – via The Scottish – have claimed that Benfica are now looking to include a 30% sale clause in the deal which would take Jota to Parkhead beyond the end of the season.
If the 23-year-old’s transfer goes through, he will become the ninth the most expensive signing in Celtic history.
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What did Pete O’Rourke say about Jota?
O’Rourke doesn’t expect Celtic to have any problems when it comes to persuading Jota to sign on the dotted line and stay at Parkhead permanently.
The journalist also believes the Portuguese ace will be an exciting long-term addition to Bhoys boss Ange Postecoglou’s squad.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “You imagine that there should be positive discussions between the two parties.
“Jota came out and said he would like to stay at Celtic permanently which is good news for them. He has been a good signing since coming on loan from Benfica.
Why do Celtic want to sign Jota permanently?
Jota is in double digits for goals and assists this season, so it’s clear he’s made a significant impact since temporarily swapping Benfica for Celtic.
His threat up the field has seen the Bhoys pick up a piece of silverware already, this being the Scottish League Cup.
But he appears to be on course to complete the double as Celtic sit on the inside contact distance of the Scottish Premiership title.
Having enjoyed the best fate of his career since moving to Glasgow, it would make sense to all parties for a permanent change to be made.