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Diogo Jota Potential Next Club

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
24 August 2023, 11:09

In 2020, Diogo Jota joined Liverpool from Wolverhampton Wanderers in a move worth £45 million. Over the years, the Portuguese forward has accumulated 42 goals in 115 matches for the Reds. However, due to a series of long-term injuries and the high competition in his position, Jota never really became a fixed starter for Jurgen Klopp.

For now, there are no concrete rumours that would suggest Diogo is close to a departure from Anfield – after all, the 26-year-old’s contract with Liverpool runs until 2027. Nevertheless, it cannot be ruled out that Jota opts for a departure in the near future in search of constant playing time.

List Potential Diogo Jota Next Clubs

There has been no confirmed interest in Diogo Jota as of now, so our list of potential Diogo Jota next clubs includes those destinations that we see most fitting for the Portugal international.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur sold their captain and top goalscorer Harry Kane to Bayern Munich this summer and have been forced, up until now, to play Richarlison up top. The Brazilian has just three goals since his move to Spurs last summer, and a new striker would be a significant boost to Ange Postecoglou’s squad. 

Unlike Liverpool, Tottenham will not be participating in European competitions this season. However, they definitely stand a chance of finishing inside the top 6 and returning to continental football next term. 

Jota, with scoring abilities and improved link-up play, would fit Postecoglou’s attacking playstyle like a glove! And, after Kane’s departure, Spurs definitively have the money to sign him.

Real Madrid

Another team that is in a dire need of a striker is Real Madrid. Los Blancos parted ways with Karim Benzema at the end of last term, as the French legend moved to Saudi Arabia. The royal club has been closely following Kylian Mbappe’s situation at Paris Saint-Germain but it appears that the 24-year-old will continue at Parc des Princes for at least one more year.

Carlo Ancelotti has tried to cope with the lack of a striker – Joselu was signed for a rotational role – has been to play with a 4-4-2 diamond formation and have Jude Bellingham make runs into the box. The tactic worked fine in the opening games but it is yet to be tested on a strong opponent.

Jota has a similar skillset to Benzema, so his transfer would allow Real Madrid to revert back to the tested 4-3-3 formation from last season. However, after the hefty sum they paid for Bellingham, Los Blancos may not be ready for another big investment just yet.

Borussia Dortmund

One important aspect of Diogo Jota’s game which we haven’t mentioned yet is his versatility: the Portuguese can play as a striker, left winger or attacking midfielder. At Borussia Dortmund, the 26-year-old would compete for a starting spot on the left with the likes of Julian Brandt and Karim Adeyemi or could replace Marco Reus and Sebastian Haller as an attacking midfielder or striker when they need a breather. 

All in all, he’s guaranteed to get regular playing time at Signal Iduna Park as long as he stays fit. Besides, BVB feature regularly in the Champions League and can even stand a chance at the Bundesliga title if Bayern Munich have a bad season again.

AS Roma

Jose Mourinho needs a new striker at AS Roma as Tammy Abraham is expected to be out for several months with a serious injury. But even when fit, Abraham struggled with conversion last season, and Andrea Belotti, one of Italy’s best strikers in recent years, scored zero goals in 31 matches in his debut season at Stadio Olimpico.

But even if Jota ends up getting regular playing time at Roma, a move there would be a step back for the 26-year-old. Mourinho’s team failed to qualify for Champions League football two seasons in a row, and even though they reached the Europa League final last term, they still lost it. 

Any Saudi Pro League Club

If AS Roma is a step backwards, then Saudi Arabia is almost the same as putting an end to your career. The difference, of course, is the massive salaries the Saudi Pro League clubs have been offering anyone willing to join.

Jota, of course, wouldn’t be the only Liverpool player leaving for Saudi Arabia this summer, as he’d join the list of ex-Reds Jordan Henderson (Al-Ettifaq), Roberto Firmino (Al Ahli), and Fabinho (Al-Ittihad). 

In this case, it would all depend on Diogo’s ambitions. The 26-year-old would certainly get enough playing time and a very large salary in Saudi Arabia, but is it worth saying goodbye to European football at 26? Besides, he may no longer be called up for Portugal as, which is extremely important ahead of the 2024 Euros.