Bolton Wanderers in danger of losing key figure this summer
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Bolton Wanderers in danger of losing key figure this summer



According to James Nursey, the 28-year-old’s future with the Whites is far from guaranteed going into the upcoming transfer market.

Bolton’s league standing for the upcoming campaign is still up in the air. This Saturday’s League One play-off final between Ian Evatt’s team and Oxford United is scheduled.
If the team wins, they will make their first appearance in the second level since 2019.
Santos joined the team in 2020 after leaving Barnet, and he has been a consistent member of the squad ever since.

Santos’ contract is set to expire in the summer of 2025 and Nursey has reported that he could be on the move as a result, even if Bolton go up.

Even if the League One team is promoted to the Championship, they might still lose the player this year because there will likely be interest.
With 34 appearances in the third tier and a third-place finish in the standings, Santos has been a crucial component of their promotion push this campaign (all stats via Fbref).

The defender might still be sold this year, though, since Bolton doesn’t want to take the chance of losing him for nothing in a year.

The amount needed to persuade the Whites to sell the center-back is still up in the air, but it is still very possible that he will leave.
Bolton may make an attempt to persuade Santos to sign a new contract with the team, but any decision on the status of his deal will be heavily influenced by the result of their next game against the U’s.
Although it’s thought that promotion to the second tier wouldn’t be a guarantee of his commitment to Bolton, it might help persuade him to stay.

Santos has made 147 league appearances for the club during his four years at the Toughsheet Community Stadium.

Bolton’s push for promotion Up to the last regular season match, when they lost to Portsmouth and Derby County, Bolton was in the running for automatic promotion.

Evatt’s club was forced to make the playoffs for a second consecutive year after finishing five points behind the Rams in second place.

A 5-4 aggregate victory over Barnsley in the semi-final saw Bolton earn a place in the final, where they will meet Oxford on 18 May.

Victory will earn the side promotion back to the Championship after three seasons in League One.

Regardless of the division in which they play, Evatt would suffer a serious blow if Santos left the team this summer.

They can’t afford to lose a player of his caliber in 2025, therefore securing a new contract for the defender should be top priority this summer.

Promotion will improve their bargaining position with Santos and potential purchasing clubs, putting even more pressure on this weekend’s match.
Bolton will be playing in a huge game on Saturday, which puts even more pressure on the players to perform well.


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