Amid the Saudi “debacle,” Everton is considering a free transfer bid for former Celtic sensation Jota.
According to 90min, Everton is “keeping watchful eyes” on the “debacle” involving Portuguese winger Jota in Saudi Arabia with the potential to sign him for nothing.
Just months after a £25 million summer transfer from Celtic, the outlet stated on their website on October 3 that the Al Ittihad player is presently in talks with the Saudi Pro League team about a release from his contract after he wasn’t registered for their league squad.
The 24-year-old is “hoping” to leave his club right away and return to Europe, but his team may decide to hold him until January and sell him then.
Due to the presence of former Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou, who Jota would apparently “love” to rejoin, a move to Tottenham has been suggested. The Australian has already looked into signing him, and the Scottish champions would also be interested in taking him back.
A number of Premier League teams, including West Ham, Brentford, Crystal Palace, and Fulham, are keeping an eye on the Toffees as they consider the prospect of signing a surprise free agency.
Everton won’t likely be in the running if Jota becomes available soon or if he is sold for cash in January, so it is probably safe to conclude that they won’t be first in line.
But given the financial strains at Goodison Park, free transfers are very alluring for Sean Dyche and Kevin Thelwell, so they should definitely investigate.
Spurs are sure to be the most likely option, but having spent big to sign Brennan Johnson this summer it is possible that Jota decides he wouldn’t get the necessary playing time.
Even though Alex Iwobi and Demarai Gray left the team this season, Jack Harrison and Arnaut Danjuma were brought in on loan, thus the team could always utilize more offensive alternatives.
However, the Toffees should at least put themselves out there because the team is always in need of reinforcement at Goodison and the chance to get a player for nothing who cost £25m only a few months ago doesn’t come around frequently, no matter how modest.