Nottingham Forest might have been handed a boost in their quest to sign Emiliano Marcondes. According to the Daily Mail, the midfielder is keen to stay in England when his Brentford deal expires.
Last month, the 26-year-old scored for the Bees in the Championship play-off final. His goal put the seal on a 2-0 win and sent Brentford to the Premier League for the first time.
That wasn’t enough for him to earn a new contract though. It is claimed that Forest and Barnsley are both in with a shout of becoming his next club.
Marcondes scored three goals and claimed three assists last season from 40 appearances. He played in both games against Forest as a No.10.
Barnsley may well have the edge on the Reds. They reached the play-offs last season and do look like a club that is on the up.
Forest finished 17th last season and as a result, Chris Hughton could find it tricky to attract players during the summer.
Shortly after the Play-Off Final, Brentford boss Thomas Frank had some praise for the ex-Denmark under-21 maestro.
He told West London Sport: “Emiliano deserves a lot of praise. He’s been remarkable and I was never in doubt that I wanted him to play in the final. I admire him a lot.”
Marcondes leaves Brentford after thee years at the club. He made a total of 97 appearances, featuring as a No.10 or as a central midfielder.
It seems as though he is keen to stay in England and that will undoubtedly help Forest in their quest to sign him.
Marcondes to Forest: Signing would represent a decent start to the summer
At 26, the Dane is at a nice age to continue improving. Not only that but he will approach his prime in the next couple of years.
Forest are desperate to lower their average age and Marcondes would help with that.
He would also bring with him a winning mentality, instilled from three glorious years playing for Brentford.
Marcondes can operate in a number of midfield positions. That level or versatility could be a massive asset to Hughton’s squad during 2021/22.
Forest need to address their squad and with the players returning for pre-season training shortly, they need to get a move on.
Marcondes would be a solid signing to kick-off the summer and the Reds could certainly do a whole lot worse.