Atlético Madrid confirmed their third signing of the summer on Wednesday afternoon, as it was announced that Portuguese playmaker Diogo Jota would join the club.
The 19 year-old follows Nico Gaitán and Šime Vrsaljko through the front door, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract that will keep him at the club until 2021.
Jota’s arrival has been no secret for a while now, and after Paços Ferreira president Rui Seabra confirmed the deal some three and a half months ago, the red and whites have finally made the news official.
Atleti have paid €7m for Jota according to a report published by MARCA back in March – €2.8m for Paços, and €4.2m for investment funds that have a stake in the player.
One of those groups is Gestifute, owned and founded by Jorge Mendes, and whilst the super-agent has been notorious for using Atlético to offload some of his clients, this move does look to be a smart one on paper.
Many fans still have nightmares about the deals that brought the likes of Pizzi, Júlio Alves and Rúben Micael to the club, but at 19, Jota is regarded as one of Portugal’s brightest talents and will compete at the Olympics next month.
He scored 12 goals last season for Paços as he made his breakthrough, including the winner against Porto back in April and an equaliser in an eventual defeat against champions Benfica earlier in the month.
“Being part of a club as big as this one makes me feel proud.” he told the Atleti website upon signing. “I want to fight to establish myself at the club.”
“When I heard Atlético were interested I didn’t think twice about accepting. I have been learning Spanish for a few months now and hope to be fluent soon.”
Along with the top club in the LIGA Nos, he was supposedly interest from the likes of Barcelona and Arsenal, but is Atleti who have won the race to sign him.
Jota will begin pre-season training with his new teammates on Thursday, but whether he will stay in the squad for the coming campaign or be loaned out remains to be seen.
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