Liverpool agree a deal for Wolves’ Diogo Jota

Liverpool have pulled off a second transfer coup in the space of two days after agreeing a deal to sign Diogo Jota from Wolves.

Just hours after Thiago Alcantara's move from Bayern Munich was confirmed, the PA news agency understands the Reds have tied up a £41million transfer – potentially rising to £45m – for the 23-year-old who has spent the last three years at Molineux.

It will take Liverpool's spending in just over 24 hours to £70m – although £9m will be recouped with the sale of teenage defender Ki-Jana Hoever to Wolves with the prospect of the whole deal being worth £13.5million plus a 15 per cent sell-on clause.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Europa League round of 32 match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Espanyol at the Molineux Stadium, in Wolverhampton, England, Thursday Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/ Rui Vieira)
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota during the Europa League round 16 soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Olympiakos at the Molineux Stadium, in Wolverhampton, England, Thursday Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/ Rui Vieira)
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota controls the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Everton at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Sunday, July 12, 2020. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Everton at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Sunday, July 12, 2020. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota wears NHS and "Black Lives Matter" badges on his shirt during the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bournemouth at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Cathy Ivill/Pool via AP)
Portugal's Diogo Jota controls the ball during the Euro 2020 group B qualifying soccer match between Portugal and Lithuania at the Algarve stadium outside Faro, Portugal, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota, center, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammates Raul Jimenez, left, and Morgan Gibbs-White during their English Premier League soccer match against Cardiff City at Molineux, Wolverhampton, England, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
Manchester City's Fernandinho, left, challenges for the ball withWolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Wolverhampton's Diogo Jota during the English FA Cup third round soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Jota, who was left out of Wolves' first two matches of the season, is set to sign a five-year contract on Saturday.

It is understood Wolves have agreed to flexible payment terms which will see Liverpool pay as little as 10 per cent of the initial £41m fee over the next 12 months.

Liverpool turned their attention to the Portuguese after Watford quoted them in excess of £40m for Ismaila Sarr.

Jota, who can play across the forward line, will provide important back-up for Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

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