After months of transfer tussling between West Brom and Benfica over Filip Krovinovic, the midfielder’s return to the Baggies is expected to be confirmed later today.
Monday’s edition of O Jogo reports the player is ‘already in England’ and due to be presented as a West Brom signing ‘in the next few hours’.
There’s now a complete agreement between the Premier League club and Benfica, which is why Krovinovic has been allowed to travel to the UK to complete all the formalities of a transfer. Whilst it’s not specifically said, the assumption would be that relates to a medical, with personal terms likely agreed a while ago.
Slaven Bilic has been the man pushing for the deal, with the West Brom manager feeling his fellow Croatian can be an asset in the top flight this season.
As far as O Jogo have it, there’ll be no purchase clause in the move and Krovinovic has extended his contract is Lisbon until 2023. Both sides have compromised in negotiation, Benfica had wanted a compulsory clause and the Baggies only wanted that to apply if relegation was avoided.
It’s a gamble for both, if the player does well then Benfica may be able to get more than the €10m they were asking for, and if he fails the price will drop further.