The Lowdown: Jota close to join Celtic permanently
The 23-year-old enjoyed a brilliant season on loan at Parkhead in 2021/22, thrilling Hoops supporters with his quality out wide.
It is widely expected that the winger’s loan move will be made permanent this summer, with a deal hopefully being agreed in the near future. Indeed, Football Scotland reported last week that the Portuguese gem is ‘extremely close’ to sealing a permanent move to Celtic from Benfica.
The Latest: Whelan excited by possible Jota deal
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan waxed lyrical over Jota, saying that a permanent transfer makes complete sense and would be a significant boon for Celtic.
The 47-year-old stated:
“That would be huge. What an outstanding performer and player. That’s one that the Celtic fans will be licking their lips at. That’s one name they would want straight away back in the club and in the team.
“He was a joy to watch, fantastic and exciting. He fits straight into the methodology of how the manger wants to play.
“If they can’t get that deal done on a permanent then a loan, again, would strengthen Celtic and their push to retain the title next season.”
The Verdict: No-brainer for all parties
It would now be a huge disappointment if Celtic’s permanent move for Jota falls through, considering how much sense it makes for all parties this summer.
Benfica probably can’t promise him regular playing time and they would surely be happy to receive a mooted £6.5m fee for him, whereas the Hoops will see him as a key figure for years to come.
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At 23, hopefully this is only the start for Jota, who could end up being one of the next great attacking players to grace Parkhead over a sustained period, assuming there are no late hitches over a possible permanent move.
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