Report: West Brom bid for Sporting Lisbon's Rodrigo Battaglia, club-record fee required

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on December 17, 2017 in West...

Primeira Liga giants Sporting Lisbon won't let Rodrigo Battaglia leave without a fight as West Bromwich Albion make opening bid.

Sporting's Argentinian forward Rodrigo Battaglia (R) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Portuguese league football match FC Pacos de Ferreira vs Sporting CP at the...

Signing from Braga last summer for just £3.9 million, Rodrigo Battaglia is looking like an excellent investment by Sporting Lisbon.

Because, just a few months later, the Portuguese giants are fielding huge offers for the Argentine midfielder. A Bola’s front page (16th December) reports that West Brom have offered £13 million for Battaglia – but will have to pay far more to bring him to the Premier League.

Barcelona's Portuguese defender Nelson Semedo (L) challenges Sporting's Argentinian forward Rodrigo Battaglia during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Sporting CP at...

It is understood that Battaglia has a contract with Sporting until 2022, complete with a release clause of £52.9 million. Jorge Jesus’ side, however, are open to offers of around £22 million – which would still earn the club quite the impressive profit.

Whether West Brom would be willing to pay such a fee remains to be seen. Director of Football Richard Garlick warned that the Baggies had to be mindful of Financial Fair Play limitations, as reported by The Sun, meaning a club-record deal may be beyond their budget in this transfer window.

Nacer Chadli is currently the most expensive player in the club’s history, joining from Tottenham for £13 million in the summer of 2016, according to Sky Sports.

Nacer Chadli of West Bromwich Albion celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at London Stadium on February 11,...

But if West Brom were to sign Battaglia, they would be getting a tenacious and technically gifted defensive midfielder and a possible replacement for the underwhelming Grzegorz Krychowiak when he returns to PSG at the end of his loan spell.

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