Jota has seen a pathway to the Premier League carved out after being linked with a move to Newcastle United.
And the former Celtic hero could yet be offered salvation from the damaging state of his move to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad. Jota left the dizzying heights of Treble-winning Hoops for the city of Jeddah in the summer. He found game time limited under former boss Nuno Espirito Santo due to the quota on foreign players Ittihad can register, with big hitters such as Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and Fabinho taking pride of place. The Portuguese winger has been linked with a number of moves including to Saudi-owned Newcastle who have spent big since their takeover.
And now the Premier League have voted against a ban on clubs loaning players from within the same ownership group, meaning Eddie Howe’s side have the chance to bring players to Newcastle from other Public Investment Fund owned clubs such as Ittihad. It means Jota, who is said to be ‘allowed’ to leave the club on loan in January, could yet make a move in the New Year.
Reports suggest the vote was missing by one to impose the ban. 13 clubs voted for the prohibition but seven are against it, proving enough to block the motion.
It comes after Ittihad were probed by the acting CEO of the Pro League over the £25million move for Jota from a then-Ange Postecoglou side. The tricky winger has also been linked in some quarters with a reunion with his former boss in London.
Ittihad came under fire after it was claimed they had not paid any of the whopping fee through the recruitment programme in place for the division after the 25-year-old was officially removed the squad list, only being permitted to feature in AFC Champions League and friendly clashes.