Former Scotland defender believes talks will already be ongoing behind the scenes at Celtic regarding the permanent transfer of Jota.
The lowdown: Deal to be done
Signed on loan for the 2021/22 campaign, according to a report from The Scotsman, the Hoops can land the 23-year-old permanently for £6million in the summer.
One ex-Scottish Premiership man believes the deal could already be in the offing, though, with Hutton telling Football Insider the parts are likely moving behind the scenes…
The latest: Hutton reacts
“They will be talking about it in the background. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.
“It just hasn’t probably got out there into the public domain yet. There’s no doubting his quality, we see it.
“He scores goals, he assists, he’s a real threat on his day. They’ll want to tie him down, Postecoglou will want that to happen.
“Then he can move on to other areas of the pitch where he feels he needs to strengthen and this isn’t a distraction. So I’m pretty sure, in the background, they will be talking about it.”
The verdict: Fingers crossed
Jota has been nothing short of sensational at Parkhead this season and wrapping up this deal, alongside the move for Tottenham Hotspur loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers, should be regarded as a top priority for the summer.
So far this season the Portuguese attacker has scored 11 times and registered 12 assists in 36 appearances across all competitions, earning a superb 7.53 average Sofascore rating in the process – the third highest in the league.
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Valued at £4.95million (Transfermarkt), if Hutton is correct and the Hoops can complete the signing of the 18-cap Portugal Under 21 ace from Benfica for the mooted fee, it would not only add top-quality to the Celtic Park squad but would also be a shrewd financial move.
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