Greek champions Olympiacos are keen on signing Liverpool defender Yasser Larouchi, although SDNA believes Nottingham Forest ace Yuri Ribeiro is the player they’d prefer to sign.
The Reds full-back wasn’t even in Sabri Lamouchi’s matchday squad as Forest lost to Huddersfield Town on Friday night, sparking speculation over his future.
Larouchi is a target for Olympiacos but it is thought, as per the report, that Ribeiro is the chosen one by the club owned by Evangelos Marinakis.
The 23-year-old signed for Forest in the summer of 2019 and quickly ousted Jack Robinson from the team to become a first-team regular.
Ribeiro made 33 appearances during his maiden campaign in the top-flight and developed a strong rapport with the club’s supporters in the process.
This season, however, he has played in just two of Forest’s four games; failing to make the squad for games against Huddersfield and QPR.
With Tyler Blackett and Nicholas Ioannou being added to the ranks it does seem as though the Reds have planned for life without the Portuguese performer.
Larouchi is in the last year of his contract at Anfield and Liverpool would be prepared to sell him during the current transfer window.
The 19-year-old played twice for the Liverpool first-team last season but it would appear as though Forest man Ribeiro is the primary choice for Olympiacos.
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The man with 13 Portugal under-21 caps has proved a decent signing for Forest and offloading could be a decision the Reds live to regret.
Last season he was energetic, workmanlike and solid on the left-hand side of Sabri Lamouchi’s defence.
At 23 there is plenty of time for him to improve and he should be comfortable Forest’s first-choice left-back right now.
Blackett was average against Huddersfield on Friday, whilst Ioannou might need a settling in period.
Forest have done some good business this summer but the departure of Ribeiro does look like an error of judgment on Forest’s part.