Liverpool deliberately paid Wolves £10m over the asking-price for Diogo Jota, according to reports. The Reds had a plan.
The Athletic reports that Liverpool paid Wolves above their asking price to sign Diogo Jota.
Wolves would have accepted £35m for the player, according to to report, but Liverpool eventually did a deal at £45m.
The reason was that Wolves wanted that cash – something Liverpool couldn’t quite afford right now. The Reds then made a commitment for an extra £10m as long as the initial payment was as low as £4.5m.
It is apparently common for Wolves to structure their deals that way – both incoming and outgoing. Even though they’d like the cash upfront, they’ll settle for long-term gains with a smaller initial cost.
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It’s a good thing, too. That payment plan meant Liverpool could afford Jota this summer – and what a signing he’s been.
The Portuguese winger has bagged seven goals already – despite initially being behind the usual front-three up top.
And making Jota a long-term payment is no problem at all. He’s still on 23, after all, and will hopefully be at the club beyond that.
Jota is in line to play a huge part in the ‘next generation’ at Liverpool. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are all pushing 30, meaning Jota is their successor, as well as their teammate.
As for the price, £45m could honestly go on to look like a bargain. That’ll certainly be the case if he continues his current form.