Liverpool are reportedly close to signing Diogo Jota in a deal reminiscent of Fabinho arriving in 2018. A report suggests why that is the case.

As you’ve likely heard, Liverpool are supposedly nearing a deal for Wolves’ Jota. This report from Sky Sports claims the move is close and that it’ll cost the Reds around £35m.

According to Paul Joyce, Liverpool are closing in on signing Diogo Jota from Wolves.

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It’s undoubtedly an exciting move. Jota is still only 23 but bagged 16 Premier League goals over the last two years. Primarily from the wing, too, which means he could cover both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. He’s even an option down the middle.

So in all, it makes fantastic sense for Liverpool.

It’s also reminiscent of a wonderfully successful arrival in 2018 – Fabinho.

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Out of nowhere

Signings usually take some time. Months, in fact. You’ll first hear about a player in April and your club signs them in August. In between, there are an infinite number of reports about the interest, lack of interest, and the potential contract.

Just look at Thiago. Liverpool formally signed him on Friday but we’ve been writing about him for months. Everyone knew Liverpool wanted the player but the deal took a long, long time.

Then there’s Timo Werner. We went through the same thing and the Reds didn’t even sign him in the end.

But Fabinho was different. The news that Liverpool wanted the player came out around noon and he was a Reds by the end of the day. It was a whirlwind deal that came out of nowhere.

And we’re seeing similar with Jota. There was no suggestion that Liverpool wanted him before today but reports now claim a move might be imminent.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 12: Fabinho of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on September 12, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Phil Noble – Pool/Getty Images)

So why the similarity? Well, this report from the Independent says that the move for Jota is being done through Gestifute, who also represented Fabinho back in 2018.

It appears, then, that business between Liverpool and Gestifute gets done quickly – or at least very silently.

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