Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph has been sharing some details concerning Celtic’s recent signing of Portuguese winger Jota.
This comes after Joseph made a guest appearance on a recent episode of The Celtic Exchange Podcast where he spoke about a variety of topics concerning Ange Postecoglou’s side.
Jota signed for the Hoops late in the window, with the club having the option to buy the 22-year-old following the conclusion of his deal at Parkhead.
On the topic of Celtic’s new signings from the recent summer transfer window, Joseph had this to say about the club’s loan deal for Jota from Benfica.
He said: “He is the one player out of this window that Celtic are very excited about.
“I was told by one source that they fully expect to be trying to buy him next summer. They expect him to flourish, and they expect him to really set the place alight.
“He’s highly regarded at Celtic, and they’ve done very well to get him in with an option to buy.
“I believe it’s a bit less than £6.5m, the option to buy, I think it’s just over £6m.
“Let’s see what he’s like, obviously, in Scottish football and in Europe as well, so let’s see what he’s like and perhaps he might turn out to be a bargain at £6m.”
TIF Thoughts on Anthony Joseph’s comments on Jota…
Since making his senior debut for Benfica back in October 2018, the 22-year-old, who is currently valued at £3.15 million according to Transfermarkt, made 34 appearances for the Portuguese club across all competitions in which he managed to score two goals and provide three assists in the process.
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Given how Spanish giants Real Madrid were reportedly interested in signing Jota back in 2019 as a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, this shows just how highly thought of the attacker is and why Celtic are apparently very excited to have him in their squad as Joseph spoke about.
In our view, while it would be encouraging for the Celtic fans to hear just how excited the club are about Jota’s arrival and the possibility of him signing on a permanent deal after his loan spell, we feel that the player will have to prove himself on the pitch by scoring goals and providing assists to convince the Parkhead club to spend the money on him for a permanent deal next summer.