Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed Diogo Jota’s transfer to Liverpool and wished him luck, while Ki-Jana Hoever will move to Molineux.
The Portugal international will move to Anfield in a deal worth an initial £40million – although Liverpool are only paying around 10% up front – with a further £5m in add-ons and bonuses.
Although treated as a separate deal, the two clubs were also in talks over highly rated young Dutch defender Hoever who moves in the opposite direction for around £9m.
Jota had been left out of Wolves’ squad for their Carabao Cup defeat to Stoke City in mid-week, with Nuno tight-lipped on his future at the time, but he has now confirmed the transfer is happening.
‘First I want to apologise to those on Thursday for my answers but you understand,’ he said at his pre-match press conference on Saturday before facing Manchester City on Monday night.
‘What Diogo did for us was absolutely fantastic. I think Diogo is going to the right place and we wish him all the best.
‘We know the type of player we want to bring and where we need to work on in our squad.’
On Hoever’s looming move, he added: ‘He will join us. He’s a young player with talent and potential.
‘This is what is happening. Diogo is joining Liverpool, and Ki will join us. He’s not eligible for the match on Monday.
‘Liverpool are going to have a great player and boy, and Ki has a bright future ahead of him.
‘We think this deal is good for everybody. Diogo was really happy here, but it’s normal that players like to face new challenges.’