Aston Villa were offered Brazilian striker Leo Bonatini last summer prior to the player joining Sky Bet Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers according to Birmingham Live.

The 23-year-old Belo Horizonte born hotshot has took little time in settling in England with Bonatini having been prolific in front of goal for table-topping Wolves this term.

The player has bagged 12 league goals for Wolves since joining the club in August on a season-long loan deal from Saudi Arabian champions Al-Hilal, although it should be noted that Bonatini has failed to score in his last 14 outings.

It has now been revealed that Bonatini could have been pulling on the claret and blue of Aston Villa this season had it not been for the Financial Fair Play rules which have limited Villa’s transfer dealings this term. It is thought that the striker was offered to Villa, however the club were unable to agree a deal as any transfer would have seen them breach Financial Fair Play.

Villa have been short of options in attack this season with 2016/2017 top scorer Jonathan Kodjia having been ruled out for most on the campaign with an ankle problem. Villa have scored six goals less than Bonatini’s current club Wolves ahead of their meeting at Villa Park this evening.

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