The lowdown: Top talent
The left-back has enjoyed a steady rise through the youth system in the Spanish capital and has spent the last two seasons out on loan at Osasuna to further aid his development.
The 21-year-old has also been recognised at under-21 level for Spain and has been a highly-rated prospect within the academy at the Wanda Metropolitano, making 30 appearances for the La Liga club’s B team while also being handed seven senior outings.
Despite being under contract in Madrid until 2025 (Transfermarkt), Forest and a Premier League rival appear to have taken a liking to Sanchez…
The latest: Forest ‘love him’
It’s claimed that Sanchez wants to return to Osasuna for a third loan deal, although a permanent move away could be on the cards for the Spaniard, who was recently praised by football analyst Marcus Bring for his ‘brilliant final third threat’.
Santos said: “Theme Manu Sánchez-Atleti. The club will announce its renewal but intends to make the most of it because it has a market. The plan was to repeat a transfer (the player prioritizes Osasuna), but a transfer is no longer ruled out. Brighton and Nottingham love him.”
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The verdict: Smart signing
In 2021/22, Sanchez scored once and provided three assists in 33 La Liga appearances, gaining invaluable exposure at the top level whilst earning an impressive 6.70 average Sofascore rating in the process.
Boasting strong defensive and attacking qualities including tackling and crossing (WhoScored), the attack-minded Spaniard looks ideally suited to Cooper’s style of play as the Welshman likes his full-backs to get on the ball either in a natural defensive role or as a wing-back.
Although the wide areas were a position of strength during Forest’s surge to promotion, left-back is certainly an area that Cooper will need to address before the 2022/23 season commences.
As things stand, the only natural senior option in that role is Gaetan Bong, who is set to leave the club as a free agent this week. Therefore, signing the £9m-valued Sanchez would be a smart move from the City Ground hierarchy.
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