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Leo Bonatini wants to stay and Wolves should keep him

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Leo Bonatini wants to stay and Wolves should keep him

The Brazilian has not scored in 18 games, but has earned a permanent Wolves switch.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have a decision to make in the summer regarding striker Leo Bonatini.

The Brazilian is on loan at Molineux from Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal until the end of the season.

According to Birmingham Live, that deal can be made permanent in the summer for a fee of around €5 million (£4.4 million).

Bonatini has made himself clear about his own future. The 23-year-old told ESPN Brasil, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail, that he wants to stay with Wolves:

“It’s something I still don’t know. I’m on loan here, really, until the end of this season from Al-Hilal. I don’t know what will happen.

“But I know what I want, I want to stay. Here’s a place that I was able to adapt very well to the game style, it’s a game style that I like a lot, the country is a very good country, where I adapted to be able to live.”

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In December, this would have been an easy decision to make. The Brazilian had scored 12 goals in 22 games for the club as they romped to a Championship lead.

It was a level of form that had him in contention for the national team.

Since then, things have dropped off. Bonatini has not scored in 2018 and is now 18 games without a goal.

The January loan signing of Benik Afobe has seen him lose his place and the Molineux outfit will no longer be sure that the 23-year-old should be snapped up in the summer.

But, surely Wolves should still push forward with signing the Brazilian striker?

His form recently has been a concern. However, Wolves know what he is capable of when he is firing.

Those 12 goals in 22 games at the start of the season were no fluke and the bullish frontman has plenty of talent.

Furthermore, Wolves can not argue with the price-tag.

For a player of Bonatini’s age and talent, £4.4 million is an absolute bargain when compared to some of the prices in the Championship in recent seasons.

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Wolves will need different options up front if they are promoted and new faces will be expected at Molineux.

But Bonatini will have played a pivotal role in taking the club to the top-flight. Having him on the books will be a major plus in the Premier League.

Whilst his form has dipped in recent times, £4.4 million for a 12-goal striker, at just 23 years of age, is a deal that Wolves must snap up.

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