Nottingham Forest look to set to do a swap deal with Olympiacos, with Tiago Silva heading to Greece and Cafu heading for the East Midlands.
According to Greek outlet Sportime, a deal could take place between the two Evangelos Marinakis-owned clubs in the next few days.
With Cafu set to check-in at the City Ground, we can hear you asking what you need to know about the latest foreign import to bless our shores.
Here is a look at five facts about the midfield player.
- Cafu – not that one – is a Portuguese midfield player and one who loves to get stuck in.
- The 27-year-old battering ram is probably less Tiago Silva and more Samba Sow when it comes to the art of playing in midfield.
- Cafu has experience across Europe. As well as Olympiacos he has played for Legia Warsaw, Vitoria, Lorient, Mets and was on the books at Benfica without making a first-team appearance.
- Most recently, the player scored a rare goal for Olympiacos. Saturday saw him step off the bench and seal a 2-0 victory against Panetolikos.
- Interestingly, Cafu only signed for Olympiacos in January. He has played 13 appearances for the club, including a late cameo against Wolves in the Europa League.
What they say about him
Finding any sort of feedback regarding Cafu is tricky, although one piece of information has emerged.
Sportime chief Gerasimos Manolidis claims he is a typical number six, offering this response to a supporter query on Twitter.
Solid but slow.
— Gerasimos Manolidis (@geramanolidis) September 25, 2020
Being blessed with pace isn’t really a mandatory requirement for a player in Cafu’s position.
If he was viewed as a replacement for Ben Watson for example, his role in the team wouldn’t be dictated by having pace as an asset.
Signing Cafu in a swap deal for Tiago Silva would certainly be an interesting one.
The last thing Forest really need is more defensive midfield options, with several already in place at the club.
A winger was identified by Sabri Lamouchi as the final piece of the jigsaw for Forest.
With that in mind, the Reds would have been wiser to take cash for Silva and let Cafu stay put.
Ryan Yates, Jack Colback and Samba Sow can all play the holding role and adding Cafu makes little sense.
With the transfer window edging closer to a conclusion it’ll be interesting to see what happens with this deal.