Bundesliga mainstay Bayer Leverkusen looks to continue their efforts to supply budding manager Xabi Alonso with the tools to push the club forward in 2023-24 with the club said to be closing on a deal for Nigerian striker Victor Boniface.
According to highly-reliable Belgian football insider Sacha Tavolieri, Die Werkself are reportedly close to an agreement with fairytale outfit Union Saint Gilloise that would see USG receive a fee in the region of €20m for the 22-year-old target man.
The former Fotballklubben Bodø/Glimt striker is said to be keen on the move on the back of a fantastic 2022-23 campaign in Brussels under former Belgian international Karel Geraerts at Joseph Marien Stadium that saw him hit 17 goals in all competitions, including an impressive seven strikes during Les Unionistes Europa League campaign that saw the Belgian side reach the quarterfinals before being ousted by his potential new employers.
His performances in the competition, which saw Boniface end as joint top-scorer along with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, were to a level that already convinced Alonso and club sporting director Simon Rolfes to make their move this summer.
Boniface would join a forward line that consists of considerable talent, including Patrick Schick, Adam Hlozek, Amine Adli, and the recently acquired Jones Hofmann.
Along with a pending deal for Boniface and the capture of the aforementioned Hofmann, Leverkusen has also completed deals for veteran Swiss international Granit Xhaka, Brazilian U20 starlet Arthur, and Alejandro Grimaldo, while also seeing academy product Ayman Aourir promoted into the first team.