Nottingham Forest have completed the permanent signing of Giulian Biancone this afternoon. It’s thought that the Reds have paid around £5 million to sign the French defender.
The Reds are ramping up their recruitment drive. Ahead of their maiden campaign in the Premier League, several new additions will be sought by the club.
Forest have now made three signings this summer. Biancone has joined Taiwo Awoniyi and Dean Henderson in penning terms at the City Ground for the season ahead.
The Reds will unveil more new signings in the coming weeks. Some deals are at the point where they’re just about completed and it’s an exciting time at the club.
With Biancone hardly representing a household name, we’ve looked at five facts about the latest Forest recruit:
- Biancone came through the youth ranks at Monaco. His debut for the club actually came during a Champions League game against Atletico Madrid in 2018.
- The defender is extremely versatile. Last season he spent most of the time playing as a right-sided central defender but he can play as a wing-back.
- Biancone spent two seasons on loan in Belgium with Cercle Brugge who are a sister club of Monaco.
- Forest have landed the defender, despite the fact that he had a contract with Troyes until 2026.
- Biancone is a fiery character. He was cautioned no fewer than 11 times during last season.
What has been said about Biancone?
Shortly after he was unveiled on Trentside, Steve Cooper offered some thoughts on his squad’s newest arrival.
He told the club’s official website: “Giulian is a very talented defender who has attracted a lot of interest from clubs across Europe.
“He’s proven himself at the highest level in France and Belgium over recent years and he recognises what we want to build at Nottingham Forest.”
Verdict: Will Biancone thrive at Forest?
The talented youngster could be a shrewd addition.
At 22 he has years ahead of him and Forest have tied him down ahead of his best years.
Signing a utility man for £5 million is not to be sniffed at and his versatility could be a seriously useful attribute this season.
Biancone will have to prove himself. Still, this looks like a pretty sound deal and the Frenchman could become a first-team regular in no time.