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Diogo Jota (The Reds Summer 2020 Signing)

Having quickly wrapped up the transfer of Thiago Alcântara, Liverpool Fc (The Reds) has addressed one of their underlying issues which is the need for a creative spark in the midfield position.

With less than a year left on his contract; the 29 year old Spaniard completed his move from the Bundesliga Giants FC Bayern Munich to the Reds for a reported structured transfer fee of just £20 Million (approx.) with the potential for a further £5 Million (approx) in add-ons.

Besides being a proven World Class Midfielder, Thiago brings both finesse and years of experience to the Reds squad. The Spaniard is particularly effective against teams that are content at defending deep.

By breaking up the opposition defences, the Spaniard provides razor sharp passes into the final third.

Thiago undoubtedly will bring quality and strength into an already impeccable Reds Midfield. Moreover, the Spaniard will also provide the unpredictableness factor and impetus through his skilful play.

However, the Reds knows they simply cannot rest on their laurels and afford to let their superiority slip away by allowing the oppositions to close gap on them (through buying proven quality player).

In a bid to close the gap on the Reds, Chelsea Fc themselves had already spent over £200+ Mil on bringing new recruits into their side. Manchester City Fc, on the other hand, had a relatively quiet Transfer Window (for their cash splurging standards).

However, with the current transfer Window extended until 05 October 2020, more transfer activities can be expected from Manchester City Fc as well as from Manchester United.

Fenway Sports Group under Jürgen Klopp has been very frugal and shrewd in approaching the transfer market especially during the Summer 2020 Transfer Window.

Regardless, the Reds do require a proven versatile player that can play anywhere in the front 3 (in the likelihood of an injury to Sadio Mané or Roberto Firmino).

Despite numerous Reds transfer links with the young Ismaïla Sarr, it might be perhaps Watford Fc’s refusal to budge on their price for Sarr which compelled the Reds to try to pull off a surprise transfer of Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers Fc (The Wolves).

Furthermore, numerous reports confirms that the Reds are at an advanced stage of signing the 23 year old Diogo Jota from the Wolves on a potential structured transfer fee rising to £45 Million (approx.) with add-ons.


Player Profile: Diogo Jota

The young Portuguese primarily plays as a Left Winger. Being a versatile player, he is also adept at playing as a Centre Forward and as a Second Striker. Jota’s kind of versatility is what Jürgen Klopp would be looking for.


Past Player Performance: Diogo Jota

Before playing for the Wolves, the young Portuguese started his career playing for F.C. Paços de Ferreira and later joined Atlético Madrid.

Last season, Jota alongside Raúl Jiménez, Adama Traoré and Rúben Neves helped the Wolves to reach the Quarter-Final of the Europa League 2019-20.

Despite securing 7th position last season, the Wolves, unfortunately, missed out on European Qualification (for 2020-21 Season), as Arsenal Fc won the F.A Cup 2019-20 Title and clinched the final European Qualification berth.


Verdict: Should the Reds complete the transfer of Jota, the Portuguese International will then be the third Reds Summer 2020 Signing as well as be considered as another shrewd piece of business for the Reds.

During the 3 successful seasons with the Wolves, Jota has been an ever-present and was instrumental in helping the Club to punch above their weight.

However, given that the Reds are a Club that is known to spend only within their means.

As such, there might be likelihood that one of Sadio Mané or Mohamed Salah or even both might eventually leave the Reds (in order to balance the books).


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