Celtic will not be able to make Jota’s loan from Parkhead a permanent transfer this summer, according to former Hoops striker Frank McAvennie.
The Lowdown: Superb Jota for Ange
The 23-year-old joined Ange Postecoglou’s side last summer, after agreeing a season-long loan deal with Portuguese giants Benfica.
Jota has proven to be a superb signing for Celtic, scoring and assisting nine times apiece in the Scottish Premiership, while being hailed as “incredible” by his manager, who is clearly a big fan having started the youngster as much as possible.
The hope is that the striker will stay at Parkhead beyond the end of this season, signing permanently for an estimated fee of around £6m, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
The latest: sustained summer outing
Talk to Football InsiderMcAvennie claimed that based on what he had seen – namely that the striker had yet to sign a deal – Jota would return to Benfica this summer:
“I don’t think so. I would like that to happen. Every time I see him he has been great.
“He can get a little hot and cold at times, but he’s been a different class since he came back from injury. He’s a talented boy and I hope he likes what’s going on at Celtic. It’s a great environment.
“He’s a hell of a player, but I think if he signed he would have done it by now. Maybe I’m wrong, I hope I’m wrong, but maybe he’s considering a move. elsewhere this summer.
Verdict: Hard to remember
Jota’s performances this season are exactly what Benfica would have hoped for, giving a young player valuable playing time before returning to the club.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to see them allowing the Portuguese starlet to leave permanently, meaning Postecoglou will be tasked with bringing in an equally productive wide player.
The hope is that the situation changes, of course, and if Benfica suddenly give the green light for a move to Celtic, they should jump at the chance to do so, but the Eagles have probably realized they can get a fee. much higher than £6m or integrating him into their own team.
In other news, Celtic are reportedly looking to sell a player this summer. Find out who it is here.