Manchester United are the latest club to declare an interest in signing Nottingham Forest standout Djed Spence in the summer. The 21-year-old has spent 2021/22 on loan at the City Ground from Middlesbrough.
In the summer, Boro will look to cash in on Spence, with a £20 million valuation placed on the player’s head. Arsenal, Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are all thought to be keen on his signature.
Spence has been a revelation for Forest this season, scoring three goals and claiming five assists in Steve Cooper’s team. Recently, he scored a scrumptious Goal of the Season contender during a 3-1 win over QPR.
United will probably go in search of reinforcements across the pitch in the summer, following another trophyless season. Currently, they have Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot competing for the right-back spot.
Spence is good at both ends of the pitch and he first the right wing-back role superbly well. He defends well, possesses a large amount of skill and in the right system he can prove a seriously exciting player for any team.
Forest will need to establish some contingency plans for next season at right-back. Their hopes of signing Spence permanently don’t really look particularly good even if they do win promotion to the Premier League.
Ian Wright raved about Spence earlier this season, following a win for Forest over Arsenal. He called the player ‘unbelievable’ for his efforts and backed him for a bright future.
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It’s difficult to imagine life with the youngster strutting his stuff at the City Ground. Spence has been a joy to behold during 2021/22 and the Reds have been desperately lucky to have the Boro youngster on loan this season.
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Forest have to make sure they get their house in order for next season. The Reds play a very demanding system for wing-backs under Steve Cooper and it will take the right sort of player to replace Spence.
One way or another, Spence will be playing in the Premier League next season. With Manchester United now in the mix to sign him, he could have some really exciting options to choose from when the summer transfer window opens.