Wolverhampton Wanderers want to sign Afobe, Boly and Jota now promotion to the Premier League is secured, but Bonatini's fate remains uncertain.
Leo Bonatini could not have had a better start to life at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
After joining on loan from Saudi outfit Al-Hilal last summer, the Brazilian striker scored a flurry of goals in his first few months in England and said as early as October that he would love to stick around for the long-term at Molineux.
“For sure, I want to stay and play for Wolves next season in the Premier League and then to stay in the Premier League. That is what we are all doing here. That is our target,” Bonatini told Sky Sports.
Flash forward six months and Bonatini’s dream is getting closer. Wolves are a Premier League team now, rubber stamping their promotion with a 2-0 win against Birmingham City on Sunday.
The question now, however, is whether Wolves will pay the £4.3 million clause and make Bonatini’s dream of playing in England’s top flight come true. And that is where the former Sao Paulo youngster’s ambitions could hit the buffers.
Wolves have already announced a deal to make Diogo Jota’s loan from Atletico Madrid into a permanent deal and the Telegraph claimed on Monday that they are prepared to pay £20 million to keep hold of Willy Boly and Benik Afobe, too.
As of yet, however, Bonatini’s future remains up in the air, and no doubt this has a lot to do with the fact that he has not scored since December; a barren run of 22 games in all competitions.
There is no doubt Wolves can afford Bonatini. But the fact that they have seemingly decided the futures of Afobe, Boly and Jota already suggests he should be a little concerned.
The jury remains out and the striker is running out of time to convince Wolves that he deserves to stay.