Liverpool have agreed on a deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers for the signing of Diogo Jota worth £45 million just hours after confirming the arrival of Thiago Alcantara, Paul Joyce of The Times reports.
Jota, 23, is set to undergo a medical today at Melwood with an initial fee to be agreed at around £41 million, which would rise by £4 million depending upon the number of appearances he makes, and Champions League and Premier League success.
The Portugal international will agree a five-year contract at Anfield, with the club’s summer outlay surpassing £60 million in the space of 24 hours after Thiago was finally unveiled Liverpool player on Friday.
Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever is expected to move in the opposite direction after Wolves agreed to sign the 18-year-old talent in a deal worth an initial £9 million which could rise to £13.5 million dependent on add-ons.
Jota will provide some much-needed attacking depth to Jurgen Klopp’s pedigreed front-three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
His statistical output at Wolves was very impressive after scoring 26 goals in 85 appearances over the last two seasons under Nuno Espirito Santos.
Jota’s versatility and the fact he can play in multiple positions across Liverpool’s forward line handed the former Atletico Madrid forward the edge over Liverpool’s other reported attacking target, Ismaila Sarr.
Liverpool had considered moving in for the Senegalese international, but Watford indicated they would not budge on their £40 million valuation which could have risen further with add-ons, which the Reds deemed as too expensive.
Pep Lijnders is reported to have played a vital role in getting a deal over the line after the Liverpool assistant manager’s Portuguese contacts from his time with Porto enabled Klopp to get some first-hand references for Jota on the character of and ability of the player to progress with coaching.
Further departures are expected at the club as Liverpool look to balance the books with Jota set to become Klopp’s third signing of the summer following the additions of Thiago from Bayern and Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.
Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic are both expected to leave the club with the Liverpool duo currently valued at £20 million each. Rhian Brewster is currently being monitored by Crystal Palace and Sheffield United with the Reds open to the possibility of either a loan deal or permanent transfer.
Loris Karius is expected to leave while Nat Phillips is attracting attention from the Championship. Yasser Larouci will also be moved on after previously rejecting a contract extension with the club earlier this summer.
Joyce also reports that Origi’s position in the team could be considered amid the imminent arrival of Jota and a deal could be sanctioned for the Belgium international if a reasonable offer was submitted.
Thiago could make his Liverpool debut at Stamford Bridge on Sunday after the Reds filed the paperwork with the Premier League before the noon deadline on Friday. He must now wait to receive clearance before he can feature against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
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