By Danny Wright
Wolves have worked in an option-to-buy clause in their deal to land striker Leo Bonatini from Saudi Arabian champions Al Hilal, according to a reliable journalist.
Express and Star correspondent Tim Spiers claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday morning that there are unlikely to be any hitches in Wolves’ quest to land the 23-year-old, who has reportedly already agreed terms with the Championship side.
Bonatini deal not over the line yet but not anticipating any issues. Will be an option to buy. Evans to Wigan should go through today #wwfc
— Tim Spiers (@TimSpiers) July 31, 2017
This comes after freelance journalist Tim Nash, who previously worked for the Express and Star, claimed on his personal Twitter account that Bonatini would be moving to Molineux on a season-long loan deal.
It is understood that the Brazilian’s temporary move has been completed, however there is yet to be an official confirmation from any of the parties involved.
The latest development from Spiers is no doubt exciting for Wolves supporters, who could be bagging a permanent transfer for a striker who fired his team to winning the title last season.
Bonatini, who once had a loan stint at Italian titans Juventus, scored 15 goals in 36 appearances for across all competitions for Al Hilal last season.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s no secret that Wolves needed a striker this summer, but they should still look to bring one in over the next couple of days just in case Bonatini fails to hit the ground running. Joe Mason and Nouha Dickho aren’t terrible back-up options, but they do not represent the ambition that the Wolves hierarchy has shown this summer and one of both of them could leave in the future for Nuno to bring in more new faces. The option to buy clause is a clever addition from Wolves, as they have two paths to go down next summer when Bonatini’s temporary deal comes to an end. They could use his goal scoring record to weigh up a possible permanent move, but if they get promoted they may want to look at other targets and send him back to Al Hilal.
In other Wolves news, a BBC journalist has offered an update of the club’s reported pursuit of Andre Gray.