Nottingham Forest have signed free agent defender Rodrigo Ely. The defender has checked in after leaving Deportivo Alaves at the end of last season.
The Reds have made Ely their tenth summer addition and he will now link up with Chris Hughton’s squad.
This signing has come out of nowhere. It gives Forest five central defenders, although Loic Mbe Soh is injured, whilst Joe Worrall only returned from a calf problem at Derby on Saturday.
Ely began his career with Gremio but moved to Europe in 2012. He signed for AC Milan and went out on loan to Reggina and Varese to learn his trade in men’s football.
He did make three appearances at the San Siro bit was sold to Alaves after a successful loan spell in 2017. In total, he made 79 appearances for the La Liga outfit, scoring five goals.
Ely has only penned a short-term contract at the City Ground. Although a permanent signing, he joins on a deal until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
The defender is comfortable playing alongside one or two other central defenders. His arrival certainly allows Hughton the aspect of mixing things up.
Ely was part of the AC Milan side that won the Italian Super Cup in 2016, whilst he also played in the 2016/17 campaign as Alaves were beaten.
Why have Forest added Ely?
With five central defenders now vying for a shirt, it would be no surprise to perhaps see Tobias Figueiredo leave the club. Some countries are yet to slam their transfer window shut and the 27-year-old is out of contract next summer.
Ely will give Forest another option at the back. Worrall and McKenna will likely remain first-choice, but Ely could make up a three-man defence with the trusted duo.
If he impresses there is scope for him to earn an extension. He is only 27-years-old and that is relatively young for a central defender.
Ely checking in at Forest is an intriguing signing and it’ll be interesting to see where he fits into the current setup.