Portuguese outlet Record have linked Nottingham Forest with a move for Benfica goalkeeper Bruno Varela, despite the Reds having brought in Costel Pantilimon only days ago.
The 23-year-old Portuguese is in demand, and despite being valued at £7.2 million by Transfermarkt, Benfica are reportedly asking for a figure in the region of £15 million.
The young keeper has impressed in his native Portugal and established himself as Benfica’s no. 1 last season as the Lisbon outfit finished runners-up in the Portuguese top flight.
Forest aren’t the only Championship giants seeking a new ‘keeper in this window, as Leeds, who have been heavily linked with Birmingham’s David Stockdale, have made their intentions to find a new netminder this summer clear.
The Yorkshire club are in a good place at the moment, with a fanbase massively buoyed by the arrival of ex-Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa in the dugout. Such a headline grabbing managerial appointment must now be matched by ambition in the transfer market.
If Leeds chairman, Andrea Radrizzani, were to sanction a bold swoop for Varela over Stockdale this summer then that would solidify the club’s new standing as a re-emerging force in English football to stand alongside the other promotion favourites. Such a move would underline the majority shareholder’s commitment to giving Bielsa all the resources he needs to take the Whites back up to the Premier League.
Varela is young enough, especially in goalkeeping terms, to make himself no. 1 at Elland Road for many years to come. He’s also good enough to do so in England’s top flight.
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