By Danny Wright

3rd Jun, 2017 | 3:48pm

Report: Santo plans Wolves raid of former club for 21-year-old playmaker

By Danny Wright

Wolves are keeping close tabs on Croatian playmaker Filip Krovinovic, according to a report.

Portuguese news outlet O Jogo claims that the 21-year-old is also on the radar of Ligue 1 side Lille while Benfica have made an approach for him.

Krovinovic currently plays in Portugal’s top tier with Rio Ave, which is where newly-appointed Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo began his management career.

He took Rio Ave to the Europa League for the first time in their history and went on to have spells at Valencia and Porto before replacing Paul Lambert at Molineux earlier this week.

Krovinovic played 33 times across all competitions this season, scoring five goals and supplying three assists.

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The four-times Croatia Under-21 international, who began his senior career at NK Zagreb, helped Rio Ave to an impressive seventh placed finished in the Primera Liga and at one point scored three goals in three consecutive games.

He moved to Portugal in 2015 on a four-year deal – year after Santo had left for Valencia.

Football Insider Verdict

Santo will surely still have some links at Rio Ave from his successful spell there and that could lead to a deal materialising for Wolves. However Lille and Benfica are definitely two teams that could more than pose a threat to the Black Country outfit, who are expected to make numerous deals with Portuguese clubs this summer due to super-agent Jorge Mendes’ stranglehold on the Wolves’ owners. Krovinovic is a player who is young and could definitely make a step to the Championship. He’s got a lot of top level experience under his belt already and has proven he can pop up with a few goals every now and then.

In other Wolves news, the club are eyeing this 118-times international defender.

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