Over the past couple of days, the rumours surrounding Celtic and Jota have exploded. And understandably so, with the Portuguese winger scoring against the Rangers in the recent Glasgow Derby at Parkhead. Recently, question marks had cropped up about whether the club should even make a move for the winger, after his struggles in the second half of the season, but he has answered the critics with goals in back-to-back post-split fixtures.
While he has been a regular fixture in Ange Postecoglou’s starting XI since he arrived on loan from Benfica last summer, Jota’s long-term future at Celtic is pretty much up in the air as things stand.
Rumours have emerged recently though that have suggested that he would be happy to stay on with Celtic. And the Hoops are believed to have an option to buy of a transfer fee around €7.5 million, included in his loan deal.
Now, some new details appear to have emerged as well, as it looks like Benfica might have a 30% sell-on clause if Celtic did end up signing Jota on a permanent basis from the Portuguese club. As reported by A Bola:
"Glasgow’s Celtic contracted with Benfica a purchase option for the pass of Jota, a 23-year-old forward loaned by the eagles earlier this season, and, A BOLA knows, the Scots have already made a decision on the subject: they will really go ahead with this option, which will involve the payment of 7.5 million euros to Benfica, for only 70 percent of the young forward’s pass."
New details emerge about Jota’s contract with Celtic
If Benfica do indeed have a 30% sell-on clause, it will be interesting to see whether that is based on any transfer fee that Celtic receive for the Portuguese star in the future or any profit that they make on a potential future transfer exit, that is, minus the €7.5 million fee that they would have to shell out to sign him from the Portuguese club.
In most deals in recent times, the sell-on clause is based on profits that clubs make on the future transfers.
Signing Jota for that kind of a transfer fee would immediately make him one of the biggest signings in the history of Celtic but with the kind of football that he has played over the course of the season, it might be worth it. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has scored 12 goals and provided 12 assists for the club this season till now.