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Liverpool agree £45m deal for Jota after baulking at Watford's asking price for Ismaila Sarr

Liverpool are set to complete the £45 million transfer of Wolves forward Diogo Jota in what looks like a very astute piece of business by Jurgen Klopp’s side.

After weeks of transfer inactivity at Anfield, Liverpool fans were finally able to get themselves excited on Friday, the club swiftly concluding a deal for Bayern Munich midfield star Thiago Alcantara having been linked with the Spain international for a number of months.

Now, with Reds fans still rejoicing the arrival of their new number 6, Liverpool’s transfer activity has ramped up once more, agreeing a deal worth up to £45 million for Portuguese forward, Diogo Jota, the Telegraph reporting that the Premier League champions will pay an initial £41m to Wolves with the remainder in add-ons.

The Reds have been reluctant to splash the cash this summer amid the economic downturn, refusing to meet RB Leipzig’s £50 million valuation for Timo Werner, while also refusing to meet Norwich’s £20m asking price for young left-back Jamal Lewis, the pair since moving to Chelsea and Newcastle respectively.

However, the deal to sign 23-year-old Jota has been somewhat offset by the news that Wolves have agreed to pay £13.5m for young Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever, the teenager yet to have made an appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Premier League.

Jota is set to sign a five-year deal at Anfield having impressed during his two seasons with Wolves in the Premier League, although despite his importance to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, the Black Country club are reportedly not planning to replace the Portuguese due to the emergence of Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence.

Given his energetic pressing style, Jota appears to be a good fit within Liverpool’s attacking line-up, although it is expected that he will initially have to settle for a back-up role with the Reds deadly triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane seemingly unmovable.

Liverpool had previously been linked with Watford’s Ismaila Sarr, though according to James Pearce of The Athletic, the Reds decided against a move for the 21-year-old after holding ‘discussions’ with the Championship club this week, the Hornets’ demands for a fee which could rise up until £50 million being deemed ‘excessive’.

Meanwhile, it has been suggested that Wolves could put the money from Jota’s departure towards an ambitious move for Barcelona full-back Nelson Semedo as a replacement for Matt Doherty, Semedo unsurprisingly represented by influential agent, Jorge Mendes.

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