Benfica are optimistic about bringing Celtic loanee Jota back to Portugal in the summer, The Daily Record report.
The Lowdown: Celtic’s option
The Hoops brought the 22-year-old to Parkhead on deadline day on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
He recently returned to his parent club to have his hamstring injury assessed, and it seems as if the Primeira Liga giants think they can keep hold of the winger despite reports suggesting Celtic are closing in on a £6m permanent deal.
The Latest: Journalist reacts
The Daily Record shared a story Thursday, leading with a title that Jota to Celtic is now in ‘doubt’.
They then relayed comments from journalist Alex Goncalves, who claimed that there is a ‘decent chance’ of Jota staying with Benfica. He also labelled a £6m option to buy fee from the Portuguese giants as ‘an absolute travesty’.
“Benfica obviously remain keen to keep hold of João ‘Jota’ Filipe, hence why Celtic still haven’t managed to sign him permanently. It’s all still up to Jota, but Benfica would like him to return to his boyhood club.
“There’s a feeling that there’s a decent chance it’ll happen.
“Even if Jota chooses to stay at Benfica, it’s an incredibly lucky escape. The fact that Benfica included a £6m option fee for Celtic is an absolute travesty and incredibly poor management.
“Benfica have made some impressive sales over the years. This one would be atrocious.”
The Verdict: All in Jota’s hands…
As Goncalves mentions, it is all down to Jota when it comes to his next destination – if the Hoops trigger the option in the original deal, there’s not much his parent club can do.
It seems as if he is loving his football at Parkhead, too, and you’d like to think that the Hoops would be happy to guarantee him regular football in the long run and include various clauses to seal a permanent deal.
Even if a move isn’t finalised this month, Celtic still have months to get a full-time transfer in place ahead of the summer, so even though this latest update now thinks a move could be in ‘doubt’, there shouldn’t be panic amongst the Hoops hierarchy.
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