Wolves are to activate the permanent transfer of their third previous summer signing, Diogo Jota in the coming weeks for a reported £13m fee from Atletico Madrid. The Wanderers have already confirmed the signing of their star defender, Willy Boly from FC Porto and have also signed Benik Afobe from Bournemouth as well, for £12.5m.
Nuno Espirito Santo is keen on signing all the players who have contributed to the team’s success in the past season, helping them earn promotion to the Premier League in dominating fashion. Out of all the loan signings, Leo Bonatini has failed to meet the required standards despite starting off the campaign in red-hot form. The Al Hilal forward misfired in 25 games to halt his scoring run to just 12 for the season, forcing Santo to look towards Bournemouth for a starting number nine. Now the squad seems almost complete with Jota’s arrival yet to be confirmed.
The winger finished the 2017/18 campaign as the club’s highest scorer with 18 goals and 6 assists in 46 appearances. He mostly played from the left wing but filled in as a centre-forward when Bonatini was undergoing his rough scoring patch.
Jota proved to many of his technical and scoring abilities with the current Wanderers squad. The 21-year-old was prolific in the final third to drive the team’s offence along with Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro. Wolves chief executive, Jeff Shi said, “Diogo has been an important player for Wolves this year and his abilities are clear for everybody to see.
Jota is also an ideal fit into Santo’s system which demands heavy defensive efforts from all of his players. The Portuguese winger is not shy of putting in the extra work or running that extra mile to help out his teammates.
He looks comfortable with both his feet and has the pace to take on fullbacks with ease. Jota is only 21 and has already shown signs of a promising future in the English top-flight. He himself was quoted, “It’s a dream come true, I always watched the Premier League as a kid and I’m really looking forward to it and I’ll do my best.”
Signing him permanently is the best move ahead for Wolves who are planning to surprise many in their first season back in the first division. Jota might not have found such favourable circumstances back home with Atletico which would have further hurt his chances of international selection.