Diogo Jota has agreed a new Liverpool deal worth nearly £150,000-a-week, sources have told Football Insider.
The Merseyside club announced earlier this week that the Portuguese forward had signed a new five-year deal.
According to sources, Jota, 25, has been rewarded with a “huge” pay increase, propelling him into the second tier of Anfield earners.
Mohamed Salah is the highest-paid player, having signed a new three-year contract worth around £350,000 per week in the summer.
Jota’s contract runs until 2027 and is worth a total of £39 million.
When he joined Liverpool from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £45 million in 2020, the Portugal international committed to the club for five years.
It has proven to be an outstanding signing for a club that has specialized under Jurgen Klopp in recruiting players with high potential and developing them into genuine stars.
Jota, who can lead the attack or play wide on either flank, has 34 goals and nine assists in 85 appearances for Liverpool.
Last season, he scored 15 goals in 27 Premier League starts and had 21 goals and eight assists in 55 appearances across all competitions.
By extending his contract, Klopp will ensure the longevity of the new look forward line, with Jota, Darwin Nunez, and Luis Diaz – all in their early or mid-20s – lowering the average age of Klopp’s attack, with Salah and Roberto Firmino both having turned 30.
The forward is currently injured and will miss Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Fulham at lunchtime on Saturday.
After recovering from a hamstring injury, he is speeding up his return to training.
Liverpool are confident of signing Jude Bellingham following new talks
According to Football Insider, Liverpool are confident in signing Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham and could have an agreement in place within weeks.
The German club will not sell the 19-year-old sensation this summer, as we first reported on April 21st, despite strong interest from clubs including Liverpool.
However, Liverpool is working on a deal that could see Bellingham join as early as January of next year.
A summer-of-2023 deal is more likely but the Merseysiders are working hard behind the scenes on convincing Bellingham to sign.
They are becoming more confident as new talks begin this week.
Liverpool has previous experience with putting a formal agreement in place for a box-office signing a year ahead of schedule, as they did when luring Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.
They announced Keita’s signing in August 2017, despite the fact that he did not officially join until July 1 of the following year.
The Champions League finalists want something similar in place for Bellingham, who the recruitment team has identified as the central midfield acquisition capable of propelling the team to the next level.
Dortmund are attempting to persuade Bellingham to stay by increasing his salary and signing his younger brother, Birmingham winger Jobe Bellingham, according to Football Insider (30 March).
Birmingham City have agreed on professional terms with Jobe Bellingham, who will sign the contract when he turns 17 on September 23rd.
However, the family intends for him to join Dortmund once he has gained more first-team experience.
His more famous elder brother has a contract at the German club that runs until the summer of 2025 and is already one of the star players in their team.
Bellingham had an outstanding 2021-22 campaign, scoring six goals and providing 14 assists from 44 appearances in all competitions.