Celtic 'expected to sign' £6m star who 'wants' Parkhead move

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Celtic are expected to complete the signing of Benfica winger Jota, according to Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph.

The Scottish champions have been in talks with the Portuguese outfit over a permanent deal for a number of months and despite a delay in announcing his arrival, Joseph is confident it’ll still happen.

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Having enjoyed a fine loan spell in the Scotland, in which he helped Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title and League Cup, Ange Postecoglou has been desperate to extend Jota’s stay at Parkhead.

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In fact, back in January, the Hoops were hoping to seal a permanent deal for the 23-year-old, who scored 13 goals and laid on 14 assists in all competitions, which meant that no Celtic player was directly involved in more goals.

Last month, Celtic then finally appeared to have reached a breakthrough with Benfica when Sky Sports reported that Jota was ‘closing in’ on a switch to Glasgow in a £6m deal after the club activated an option-to-buy.

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That update was more than two weeks ago and while Postecoglou’s side are yet to officially confirm the deal, Joseph remains confident that Jota will eventually become a Hoops player.

What did Joseph say about Jota?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I don’t think there’s any issues holding it up, other than perhaps Jota being on holiday, that’s probably it.

“I do expect it to go through. What we know is that Jota has told Benfica that he wants to join Celtic, he sees his future at Celtic and can see his progression in Glasgow.”

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Why do Celtic want to keep Jota?

Helped by his hefty amount of goals and assists, Jota was Celtic’s third-best performer last season, according to WhoScored, with only Ryan Christie, who left a few games into the campaign, and David Turnbull, boasting a better rating than the winger’s 7.53.

In terms of attacking output, as well as chipping in with 15 goal contributions in 24 games, Jota was in the top five players for shots, dribbles, and key passes per game, while he was the top assister in the squad.

Overall, it was an excellent loan spell by Jota, so it’s little surprise that Postecoglou has been so keen on making Glasgow his permanent home for the next couple of years.

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