Nottingham Forest are pushing to sign Atletico Madrid left-back Renan Lodi on loan this summer, reports transfer window expert Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Fantastic season
The 24-year-old enjoyed a brilliant campaign under Diego Simeone last season after playing a pivotal role in the side’s domestic and continental competition runs.
In 29 La Liga appearances, Lodi produced two goals and three assists, cementing himself as an important player for Simeone – whether that be as part of the starting XI or coming off the bench as a substitute.
The Latest: Forest’s interest
After news emerged linking Lodi with a move to Forest, Romano has now shared an update on the progress of a potential deal.
Taking to Twitter, the reliable journalist claimed:
“Nottingham Forest are pushing to sign Renan Lodi on loan from Atletico Madrid. €5m loan fee offered, also buy option could be included – around €30m. #NFFC
“Talks still ongoing on clubs and player side, but Forest are pushing after Atletico changed their position on LB.”
Will Forest stay in the Premier League?
The Verdict: Huge signing
Given Lodi has been considered by the likes of Man City this summer, his arrival at the City Ground would demonstrate a huge change in Forest’s pulling power in the transfer market, having emerged as a big spender as a new Premier League side.
According to FBRef, compared with positional peers across Europe over the past year, the left-back ranks in the 98th percentile for progressive passes received, in the 95th percentile for non-penalty goals and in the 92nd percentile for assists, providing major creative influence from the flank.
The Brazil international, who has been dubbed a ‘hero’ by journalist Sam Leveridge, would make an incredible addition for Steve Cooper’s squad, with Champions League experience an obvious standout on the player’s CV.
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