Benfica have rejected West Brom’s offer to re-sign Filip Krovinovic on loan for a second consecutive season, according to Record.
The Telegraph reported earlier this week that Albion were set to enter talks over a new temporary deal for the 24-year-old midfielder but Portuguese newspaper Record claims that Benfica have already nipped that in the bud.
Despite the blow, West Brom are still in negotiations over a permanent deal for Krovinovic and it is understood that the Baggies are not willing to pay more than £9million for the Croatian ace.
Benfica’s new manager Jorge Jesus is still yet to make a decision on Krovinovic’s future after returning to the Lisbon giants earlier this month.
Krovinovic told Croatian news outlet Vecernji last month that the “situation in Benfica has changed” amid the change of management, which suggests he might still be open to staying in Portugal.
After seeing how well he performed in the Championship, West Brom fans would love to see Krovinovic return to The Hawthorns in some capacity.
It appears that going down the route of another loan is only going to reach a dead-end, which is understandable from Benfica’s point of view but if the Baggies were to add in an obligation-to-buy clause next summer, that would surely twist the arm of the Portuguese giants.
It’s still early days in the summer transfer window so there is no need for fans to get worried by the lack of signings that have been made by Slaven Bilic.
But we do hope that Krovinovic’s return is wrapped up as soon as possible after such a strong debut season in English football.
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