‘Wolves decide Jota’s purchase’. As you can see in the screenshot below, Portuguese newspaper O Jogo brings a quite big story on Tuesday, saying the Championship side will make a move to sign the Atletico Madrid striker permanently after the great start he’s had.
Wolves want a deal agreed ‘as soon as possible’.
Jota signed for Wolves this summer on a one-year loan deal, and after scoring five goals in eight league games, it’s natural this kind of rumour starts coming out.
But O Jogo’s story is actually credited to the Birmingham Mail, who are quoted as saying Wolves are preparing to do something similar to the signing of Helder Costa, who was sign on a loan deal in summer 2016 and then signed permanently in January.
It’s claimed the Championship side have a clause to sign the player for a fixed fee in case of promotion, but in case they do it earlier, the amount is still unknown.
That’s a reasonable story, and O Jogo are a big paper, which has been growing a lot in the past few years, and can often be trusted. They helped launch the Ruben Neves to Wolves story, and went with it bigger than anyone else.
The problem is that we couldn’t find this original article in the Birmingham Mail, neither on the website or the paper edition.
The only recent thing mentioning Jota is a Q&A with a Wolverhampton fan, where he says he hopes the player stays at the club for a long time.
So O Jogo may have misinterpreted something, or even have their own source at the Birmingham Mail, but the story is strange given those links, and we’ll be keeping an eye open for any further developments.