Liverpool’s Diogo Jota move will have long-term implications for Jurgen Klopp


Liverpool are set to pay for Diogo Jota. The Reds caught up with the Portugal international in a shock transfer that seemed to happen within hours.

In a whirlwind of a Friday at Anfield, Thiago Alcantara was signed from Bayern Munich.

Many expected it eventually, but the Reds stepped up their efforts this week after submitting an offer and agreeing to personal terms.

But if it took people by surprise, soon after it emerged Wolves had sold Jota for £ 45million to Liverpool.

The deal makes him the fourth most expensive player the Premier League champions have ever signed.

Diogo Jota joins Liverpool

Only Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and Naby Keita cost more – but Liverpool have managed to get a good deal in the current market.

According to The Athletic, Wolves allowed the Reds to pay just 10% of guaranteed fees over the next 12 months.

And most of that has already been paid for by the fact that they signed youngster Ki-Jana Hoever on the same day from Liverpool.

The rest of the money will be paid in the next transfer windows and this was crucial for the negotiations.

Jurgen Klopp had made a move for Watford star Ismaila Sarr but they were unwilling to budge from their £ 40million lump sum request.

However, Wolves were happy to come to the negotiating table and were keen to sell Jota, according to The Athletic.

Liverpool paid just 10% of the £ 45million fee

The former Atletico Madrid star was not part of the squad that beat Stoke 1-0 in the Carabao Cup.

Despite all the apparent rush from Liverpool, the 23-year-old has long been on the club’s radar.

The Boy Scouts first noticed this two years ago and have reported since.

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Liverpool started their title defense precariously as they beat a seven-goal thriller against Leeds.

In terms of transfers, the Reds have finished signing Thiago Alcantara, while Wolves’ Diogo Jota is next on their radar. Youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is expected to head to Wolves in a £ 10million deal, while Gini Wijnaldum continues to be linked with Barcelona. There are a lot of things to follow.

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And close contact has taken place with Jota’s agency, which is the same as Fabinho’s – which was signed in 2018.

Klopp is a huge fan of the forward for a number of reasons, including his pace of work, his ability to press, his versatility along the front line and his clinical nature in front of goal.

Ahead of his move to Merseyside, Jota scored 44 times in 131 appearances for Wolves.


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