Whether Celtic end up winning the Premiership title or not, this has to be a very successful campaign for the club considering the circumstances coming into it. They had finished trophyless last season and 25 points behind the Rangers in the league. One of the biggest reasons behind their success has been the number of new signings who have come in and made their mark for the Hoops immediately.
Ange Postecoglou deserves tremendous credit for identifying players who would fit into his system seamlessly and Celtic have reaped the rewards. But at the same time, it has naturally led to clubs down South taking notice.
Jota is someone who has been a standout for Celtic this season. But he is only on a season-long loan from Benfica at the moment, even though the Hoops have an option to buy included in the deal. Till now, the discussion had been between whether he would want to remain at Parkhead or return to his boyhood club. But now, it looks like a switch to the Premier League could be on the cards as well.
As tweeted out by Ekrem Konur, Fulham have added Jota to their transfer shortlist. The Cottagers have already booked their place in the Premier League next season, having secured promotion from the Championship.
Could Jota leave Celtic in order to join Fulham in the Premier League?
According to stats from Transfermarkt, Jota has scored 11 goals and provided 12 assists in 36 appearances for Celtic this season.
While his form since the turn of the year might have been inconsistent, overall, he has been one of the best players in Scotland this season.
Rumours have suggested that the option to buy that Celtic have in the loan deal with Benfica is a transfer fee in the range of £6 million to £6.5 million. While that would make him one of the most expensive signings in the history of the club, the Hoops are believed to be prepared to shell out that kind of a fee to sign him on a permanent basis.
Ultimately though, it looks like it will all come down to Jota and what he wants to do next in his career, whether it is staying at Celtic, returning to Benfica or try his hand in the Premier League for a club like Fulham.
One thing that he could get at Celtic and Benfica, which he won’t at Fulham, is the chance to play in the Champions League. And that could potentially turn out to be vital in any decision he makes.
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