Wolves boss Nuno Santo is looking to sign Lazio central defender Bastos to bolster his defensive options in preparation for his side’s return to the Premier League, according to Italian paper Il Messaggero, via Football Italia.
The report says that the Championship winners are eyeing Bastos, who scored five times in 28 competitive appearances last season for the Italian giants, as they gear up for their top flight return.
They report that he is not a regular in the Lazio side, and has not been since his 2016 arrival, which should give Wolves hope of getting a deal done.
They claim that Lazio will set the asking price at around 15 million euros (£13.2m) for the centre-half, who would battle Danny Batth, Dominic Iorfa, Kortney Hause and Ryan Bennett for the final spot alongside Conor Coady and Willy Boly in the Wolves’ back three.
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Bennett performed well in the Championship last season but the Premier League is a different beast and having three genuinely class centre-halves would be a massive boost for Santo.
Wolves genuinely have the potential to be a top ten team in their first season back in the top flight and their ability to invest in players with top-flight experience is a major factor in that.
With Europa League experience as well, Bastos is of greater pedigree than Bennett – and Batth, Iorfa and Hause for that matter – and would expect to take his place in the side if he does arrive.