Celtic are close to a deal to bring Benfica winger Filipe Jota to Parkhead, with a medical scheduled for today, as reported by Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Jota is one of Portugal’s brightest young talents
Highly-rated in his native Portugal, Jota burst on to the scene at the UEFA Under-19 Championship in 2018, winning a place in the official team of tournament [UEFA].
He has earned high praise during his fleeting career, even once being complimented by Manchester City winger Bernardo Silva, who urged the Premier League champions to sign the 5 foot 9 ace in 2019 [Daily Record].
Following a loan spell at Real Valladolid last term, he looks set for a switch to Glasgow after recent reports emerged.
Would Jota be a good signing for Celtic?
The Latest: Medical booked; loan-to-buy deal with £6.5m fee
Owing to a source close to Celtic at Football Insider, the Hoops are said to have agreed a deal to bring in the 22-year-old on an initial loan deal for the 2021/22 campaign.
There is also an option inserted within the agreement to make the move permanent for around £6.5m upon the conclusion of the season. He will undergo a medical at Lennoxtown today before the deal is formalised.
The Verdict: Jota would add flair and creativity to the Celtic attack
With the future of Ryan Christie up in the air moving into the final stretch of the transfer window, acquiring another player who can operate on the left-hand side of attack makes business sense for the Scottish giants.
The notion of a loan-to-buy transfer will also appeal to the Hoops hierarchy, enabling Ange Postecoglou to assess the Portugal under-21 international over the season before deciding whether or not to offer him a longer-term stay at Celtic.
In 2020/21, the Lisbon-born talent gained valuable experience in the La Liga and Copa Del Rey, notching two goals in 18 appearances [Transfermarkt]. Famed for his desire to dribble at defenders, the pacey wide man previously managed to post the second-best dribble success rate in the 2019/20 Liga NOS, with 7.83 per match [Total Football Analysis].
All things considered, this deal represents savvy business for Celtic and could seriously strengthen their prospects of winning the Premiership in 2021/22.
In other news, Celtic have also been linked with a move for a Premier League striker. Find out more here.
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