Former Celtic striker Jorge Cadete believes that the Hoops could end up landing loanee Jota in a cut-price transfer, as reported by The Daily Record.
The Lowdown: Jota clause
Ange Postecoglou made three signings on deadline day over the summer, one of which was Jota, who shares the same agency as Cristiano Ronaldo. He arrived from Benfica on a season-long loan with an option to buy, with the fee required to make a move permanent thought to be just over £6m.
The 22-year-old has been a regular in green and white in recent weeks, scoring the winner against Aberdeen prior to the international break.
The Latest: Cadete’s comments
In a report from The Daily Record, Cadete had his say on whether or not Celtic will make a permanent move for Jota, hinting that the reported fee could well drop over the coming months for the ‘exciting’ winger. The 53-year-old said:
“It’s too early to talk about the value of Jota if Celtic want to buy him. It’s normal for clubs when they loan a young player abroad, they fix the buy clause at a high price.
“Jota has been mentioned at six or seven million Euros.
“But after the season, this figure is normally not the same as it was before. It might well be lower than that by then.
“I’d like Jota to stay at Celtic in the long-term because I think it can be good for both parties. The Celtic supporters have an exciting player so it keeps them happy.”
The Verdict: Looking good so far…
Postecoglou has used Jota on a regular basis over recent weeks, with the majority of his starts coming from the left wing.
The 22-year-old also showed his versatility by playing off the right against Real Betis, and at £6m in today’s market, a permanent deal for that figure could prove to be a snip.
The Hoops have had a habit of making profits on players over the past decade, most notably Moussa Dembele, so maybe Jota could be the next in line to reap Celtic an eye-catching profit in the future if a clause of £6m or less is activated.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience