Atletico Madrid signs Diogo Jota, beating Arsenal, Aston Villa and West Ham in the race for the Portuguese winger

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Atletico Madrid has clinched a five-year deal for Portuguese winger Diego Jota, beating the three Premier League clubs Arsenal, West Ham and Aston Villa in the race for Jota.
The deal shows Atletico continue their policy of bolstering their club with young talents.

Reports said that Atletico Madrid club has reached an agreement with Primeira Liga club Pacos de Ferreira over the signing of the 19-year-old Portuguese winger Diogo Jota, beating the three Premier League clubs Aston Villa, Arsenal and West Ham in the race.

The Portuguese winger had attracted the attentions of major European football clubs, including his native club Benfica and the raging bull Barcelona. Both Benfica and powerhouse Barcelona were said to be readying offers for Diego Jota.

But these clubs have lost the ‘bidding war’ to Atletico Madrid, who have convinced the Portuguese winger to sign a five-year deal with the club.

The 19-year-old Jota has become the subject of rumors and talks in the past few months. He has now emerged as one of European football’s brightest teen prospects since breaking into the Pacos Ferrerira side last season.

Jota is currently playing for Primeira Liga club Pacos de Ferreira and has gained an impressive season, both for his club Pacos and the Portugal’s international youth line-up. The 19-year-old Jota has appeared in 27 games this year for Pacos de Ferreira, which now sits seventh in the Portuguese football league. The Portuguese winger has played 33 times in the Portuguese top flight, Primeira Liga, scoring 11 goals from midfield.

Back-to-back Portuguese champions Benfica have expressed great interest in signing the 19-year-old winger and have tried to reach the wonder kid, but Atletico outplays the Portuguese club and beat them to the punch.

The winger’s agent is Jorge Mendes, which is said to have helped in the talks and negotiation process.

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