By Danny Wright
Wolves are on the verge of signing striker Leo Bonatini from Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claims that the 23-year-old completed a medical with the Championship side on Sunday and is now set to join Nuno Espirito Santo’s revolution on a season-long loan deal.
Bonatini is set to become Wolves’ 11th signing of the summer, but he will be the first striker to join up with the promotion-hungry side, who have already made considerable improvements to their defence and midfield.
The Brazilian striker, who began his career at Cruzeiro, only signed for Al Hilal last summer, but scored 15 goals in 36 appearances for them across all competitions as his side lifted the Saudi Professional League title.
Like most of Nuno’s summer signings, Bonatini has spent part of his career in Portugal when he signed for Estoril from Cruzeiro in 2015 after an initial loan deal.
He has also previously been on loan at Italian titans Juventus, where he featured for their youth team.
Bonatini is now set to join a Wolves side that are looking to secure promotion to the Premier League next season and he will hook up with fellow Portuguese-speakers Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota, Roderick Miranda and Ruben Vinagre who have all signed this summer.
Football Insider Verdict
Bonatini’s goal scoring record in Saudi Arabia last season, but it remains to be seen whether or not he can replicate that sort of form in a tougher league in the Championship. The former Brazil Under-17 ace hasn’t seemed to settle down anywhere since breaking through the youth ranks at Cruzeiro and that journeyman reputation might see him struggle to come to terms with yet another transfer. English football will be very different to what he has experienced in the past so this move could be a bit of a risk from Wolves. They should also look to sign another striker this summer, maybe one who is proven in one of Europe’s top leagues or even the Championship itself.
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