According to HITC Sport, and written about here on The72 earlier, Wolves are said to have made a £2.6 million offer for Croatian starlet Filip Krovinovic. However, a spanner may have been thrown into the works according to Portuguese outlet A Bola.

HITC Sport quoted the same Portuguese source saying that a £2.6 million offer had been made by Wolves to secure the signature of the talented Croatian Under-21 after what they termed “an excellent season in the Primera Liga.”

The Zagreb-born 21-year-old, who plays predominantly as an attacking midfielder, is currently on the books of Liga NOS side Rio Ave, having transferred there at the end of August 2015, for a fee thought to have been in the region of €800,000.

Across the season just gone, Krovinovic played 33 times for Rio Ave, 26 appearances of this total being in the league. In the league he scored fives times and provided three assists for Rio Ave who finished the season in 7th place in the table.

However, as noted, Benfica were a side also said to be interested in the young starlet and news coming from A Bola certainly sees the Portuguese giants to be the spanner in the works for this Wolves transfer deal.

The Portuguese publication says that Rio Ave and Benfica “can announce in the coming hours the completion of the transfer of Filip Krovinovic.” A Bola say that the agreement between Rio Ave and Benfica came about as the result of good negotiations and that Krovinovic “would appear ready to sign [a contract]for five seasons.”

So it would seem that, rather than heading for Wolverhampton, Croatian starlet Filip Krovinovic is set to stay in Portugal by signing a long-term deal at Benfica.

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