With speculation building this week on West Bromwich Albion’s rumour mill that a deal had now been struck for Benfica midfielder Filip Krovinovic, many fans were simply wondering how Slaven Bilic saw the 23-year-old fitting in at the club.
With talk of an initial £300,000 loan fee is sounded like it could be very good business by the club given the player only saw game time become limited once he’d been hit with an injury and on Wednesday it was being claimed by the likes of the Daily Mail that the deal was now all done and dusted and we just needed to sort his work permit and international clearance out before he officially became Bilic’s first signing of the summer.
However, by Thursday the deal was now ‘at risk’ as outlet A Bola made a claim that negotiations on the deal were ongoing and they leaned on agent Antonio Araujo who stated that there were still some issues to be finalised.
O Jogo went further in claiming that there had now been a ‘setback’ and the player had rejoined training with his Benfica colleagues as a ‘solution’ was sought.
The latter two reports did clear up whether there would be a buy clause in the loan, and it seems there isn’t, which is a worry as we shouldn’t be looking at stop gap transfers in our position, especially if a player then has a great year and their value soars (to the benefit of others).
Given the usual reliability of the rumour mill, he could be announced later this morning.