Liverpool have completed a deal for the signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Diogo Jota with a fee expected to be in the region of £45 million, according to Paul Joyce of The Times.
Jota, 23, will become Jurgen Klopp’s third signing of the summer window following Liverpool’s completed deals for Thiago Alcantara and Kostas Tsimikas.
18-year-old Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever is expected to go in the opposite direction after Wolves agreed a deal to sign the Dutch youth international for £13.5 million – £9 million will be paid up-front with the remaining £4.5 related to add-ons.
Sporting director Michael Edwards was able to include a 20 per cent sell-on clause into the defender’s Molineux deal.
Liverpool are set to benefit from a serious profit following the sale of Hoever – who joined the Reds from Ajax back in 2018 for £90,000.
Liverpool find their attacking solution
The big attraction regarding Liverpool’s confirmed deal for Jota is the player’s flexibility and ability to play across the front line. Klopp needed another elite attacker to alternate between Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool’s recruitment staff have followed Jota’s progress over the previous two seasons and the club have deemed the forward as a really good fit in terms of his determination, eye for goal, work rate and tactical intelligence on and off the ball.
It’s a big signing of intent from Liverpool who have splashed out more on Jota that they paid for both Salah and Mane.
This has prompted questions as to why Liverpool were able to generate funds to land Jota but couldn’t do so when the Reds were touted with an interest in Chelsea striker Timo Werner.
Liverpool were extensively linked with a move for the former RB Leipzig superstar but both Klopp and Edwards deemed a move an unviable financial option.
According to Sky Sports, Werner cost Chelsea just £45 million after the Blues agreed to pay the German international’s release clause at Leipzig. The 24-year-old reportedly is set to earn more than €10m (£9m) per season in England.
Indeed, it raises an argument when you consider that both Jota and Werner will have joined their respective new teams for almost identical fees yet there are a number of determining factors as to why Liverpool were able to get Jota over the line and not Werner.
Why Jota and not Werner?
For one, Chelsea agreed to sign Werner in the midst of the ongoing pandemic during a period where ramifications regarding Liverpool’s finances were very-much uncertain.
Also, in Jota, Liverpool will only have to pay 10 per cent of the agreed £45 million fee upfront enabling the club to spend in instalments rather than take an immediate financial hit.
The same deal took precedence following the signing of Thiago Alcantara after Liverpool agreed a £20 million initial fee with Bayern Munich that dictates the Reds can pay the deal over four-yearly £5 million instalments.
This again offers an insight into the shrewd and meticulous nature that sporting director Edwards looks to operate under as Liverpool have effectively bolstered three critical areas of the squad without any risk of financial detriment towards the club.
Liverpool will also have signed Jota in the knowledge that a number of player outgoings are to be expected in the coming weeks to generate further revenue that will justify the club’s recent spending over the past 24 hours that has surpassed £60 million.
According to The Times, further departures from Anfield are set to follow with Rhian Brewster interesting Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion, while Divock Origi must consider his position with the signing of Jota imminent.
Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic are also set to contribute a considerable sum of funds with both players valued by the club at £20 million each.
It typifies just how relentless and tightly organised Liverpool are both on and off the pitch as Klopp and Edwards have successfully done the impossible task of strengthening a squad that amassed 99 points in the Premier League last season.
With the likes of Jota and Thiago now on board, it is scary to imagine what the team can do this time around.
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