Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Udinese defender Nahuel Molina, according to Tuttosport. The Reds will face stern competition with Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina among the interested clubs.
Molina could be allowed to leave the Serie A club during the summer. He won’t come cheap though; with Udinese valuing him around £26 million, with Juventus also keen.
The 24-year-old typically operates at right-back. He’s also made 16 appearances for Argentina and made the squad as they won the Copa America during 2021.
Molina would certainly be an ambitious signing from a Forest point of view. He has 68 appearances to his name at Udinese, scoring 10 goals and claiming 10 assists.
The player typically operates as a right-sided wing-back. He also played on the left and in central midfield during the 2021/22 campaign as Udinese finished 12th in Serie A.
Molina fits the bill of someone who could play as a Spence alternative. He loves to get forward and is more accustomed to a wing-back role rather than a flat-back four.
The Argentine begin his career in his homeland with Boca Juniors. He spent time coming through the youth ranks there before signing for Rosario Central on a permanent deal in 2019.
Forest interested in Molina but it looks like a longshot
This one does seem ambitious. Given the nature of the other clubs that are interested, it remains to be seen whether or not Forest have the clout to compete in such a market.
Of course, this is an exciting time for the Reds. The club is on the up but they’re not mixing it with Europe’s elite players just yet when it comes to the transfer market.
Molina looks like a very exciting player. He’s a regular in the Argentina ranks and given his £26 million price tag is clear that he’s an extremely useful player.
Rumour rating: 6/10 – It kind of feels as though Forest have been thrown into the piece without any real substance.
Although Forest do need a wing-back, it seems quite clear that he won’t be choosing the City Ground over Atletico Madrid or Juventus any time soon.
Still, this represents that Forest are shopping in the right places. They might not always be able to afford to purchase in such a congested market but it definitely represents a refreshing change of tact.