Celtic are keen on a swoop for Benfica winger Filipe Jota, as their search for cover out wide continues [Daily Record].
The Lowdown: Postecoglou on the lookout for more additions?
Despite a strong start to 2021/22 that has seen Ange Postecoglou guide the Bhoys to six straight wins followed by Europa League group stage qualification, the Aussie will still be aware that more incomings could be required to really challenge Rangers.
With so little time remaining in the window, one would expect the Hoops will have to act fast to replace any outgoings.
Would Jota be a good signing for Celtic?
The Latest: Hoops eye up Jota loan swoop
Record Sport have suggested that 22-year-old Jota is being viewed as a potential offensive option, with the Celts light on wide-men and also carrying the injury susceptible James Forrest.
Any deal looks likely to be sanctioned as a loan agreement, with Benfica chiefs ready to send out their prodigious talent to an environment where he will continue to gain first-team experience.
Jota shot to prominence in 2018, finishing the Under-19 European Championships as top scorer with his native Portugal, helping his side to win the tournament.
The Verdict: Jota would be an exciting addition
Evidently in need of reinforcement on the flanks, Jota would be an exciting signing who would bring attacking flair and pace to the Celtic frontline.
In 2020/21, he spent the season on loan at Spanish outfit Real Valladolid, registering two goals from 18 appearances [Transfermarkt].
He is famed for his dribbling ability, in the 2019/20 campaign he came second in dribbles per fixture across the entire Liga NOS, averaging 7.83 per 90 minutes played, courtesy of Total Football Analysis.
Intriguingly, he was also once urged by Manchester City winger Bernardo Silva to make the switch from Benfica to Manchester, a high appraisal indeed of his talent [Nottingham Post].
Moving forward, Celtic should look to complete the deal and give themselves another talented option to compete with the likes of Forrest and Christie.
In other news, Celtic face the prospect of losing their talisman amid continental interest. Find out more here.
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