It’s no surprise that Brentford want to do everything in their power to keep Jota at the club beyond the summer transfer window. After being brought back to Griffin Park in January following a difficult loan spell in La Liga with Eibar, the Spanish winger quickly set about making up for lost time by plundering 12 goals and setting up a further five in 19 Championship starts.
A bonafide fan favourite, the 26-year-old, who initially arrived at Brentford from Celta Vigo in 2014, has unsurprisingly attracted plenty of interest from higher up the footballing hierarchy.
Jota's sublime displays helped Brentford reach the play-offs in 2014/15
Sky Sports reported in mid-June that a number of Premier League clubs, including Everton, Swansea, West Ham and Newcastle United, were scouting the playmaker. And the report adds that, if Jota does move this summer, it will only be for a club in the top flight.
That, taking into account his thrilling performances last season, is fair enough.
However, despite the fact he has just a year remaining on his contract, that does not mean Brentford are willing to cash in on their prized asset. Instead, manager Dean Smith says a club would need to stump up big money to convince The Bees to part company with the one-time Real Madrid B star.
Worth every penny?
“For me, it's no saga. I've said all along that unless someone makes a substantial bid for him he'll stay at Brentford and he's happy to do so,” Smith told GetWestLondon. “I have no qualms about the commitment of Jota and long may it continue.”
However, this should not put Newcastle off. The Magpies may have strengthened their wings with the additions of Christian Atsu on a permanent deal from Chelsea and Jacob Murphy for £12 million from Norwich City (Sky Sports).
Yet, Jota is a player Newcastle cannot let slip through their grasp, the kind of goalscoring number ten that Rafael Benitez’s squad is badly lacking.
Sky Sports claim Brentford could demand £8 million – and he could be worth every penny of that ‘substantial’ fee.