West Brom and Slaven Bilic are both keen to keep Filip Krovinovic at the Hawthorns permanently should the Baggies secure promotion into the Premier League this season.
According to The Daily Mail, the Championship side are interested in signing the Croatian midfielder from Benfica for good if West Brom can gain top-flight status for the 2020/21 campaign, with the report stating that the Portuguese giants will listen to an offer of £11m for the 24-year-old, though the Baggies could haggle the asking price.
Krovinovic has evolved into one of Bilic’s most important players this season, with the Benfica man playing 31 times in the Championship, scoring twice and assisting four along the way. And just like Matheus Pereira, West Brom are seemingly itching to land the Primera Liga loanee on a full-time basis.
Though unlike Pereira, who had an obligation-to-buy clause of £8.5m inserted in his loan deal from Sporting Lisbon according to The Telegraph, Krovinovic’s switch to West Brom had no such option. Yet with Benfica seemingly willing to listen to offers for the former Rio Ave star, the Baggies could be in the clear to sign the Croatian for good if the club can secure promotion into the Premier League.
With the season on hold until April 30th at the earliest, we could see an incident where the summer transfer window starts as the Championship season is playing out its final games, although FIFA are currently considering changing the dates of the summer market as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Promotion to the Premier League will be West Brom’s main goal once the season resumes, and if the Baggies can book their return to the top-flight, signing Krovinovic permanently will surely be one of the club’s main priorities in the summer market, an offer the Croatian could be tempted by.