Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat hopes to recoup around £13 million for Nottingham Forest target Orel Mangala.
The report by Stuttgarter Nachrichten claims that Mislintat is almost resigned to losing the player this summer.
It also claims that although £13 million is the sum he’d like to receive, it will require a series of add-ons included on top.
As a result, Mislintat might be willing to negotiate a lower initial payment, although Forest have already seen £9 million rejected.
Mangala signed for Stuttgart in 2019 from Hamburg. He’s played over 100 times for the Bundesliga outfit during his three-year stay at the club.
Forest aren’t the only interested party trying to sign the midfielder. Both Crystal Palace and West Ham are thought to be keen too.
Previously Manchester United have been credited with an interest; although they might not have bigger fish to fry.
Mangala is more of a defence-minded midfielder. He came through the youth ranks at Anderlecht before joining Borussia Dortmund.
His time in Germany wasn’t particularly fruitful, with the player leaving without making a senior appearance.
It was at Hamburg where he got a taste of first-team football and there he made 34 appearances for the club.
Mangala looks destined for bigger things than Stuttgart. As a result, these comments from Mislintat come as no surprise.
Mislintat hopes to recoup £13 million for Mangala and Forest should just pay it
The Reds are desperate to add some midfield steel to their ranks. Steve Cooper will know he is short in that area and two or three midfielders will surely be lined up.
Forest have to get busy in that area of the park. Ryan Yates is out injured for a month and having Cafu or Braian Ojeda start the Premier League campaign alongside Jack Colback wouldn’t be ideal.
Mangala would be a sensible option. He wouldn’t cost a fortune and at 24-years-old he’s a player with bags of potential and lots of time left ahead of him.
Mislintat’s comments certainly offer the Reds some hope and the Reds would be wise to ramp up their efforts to sign Mangala.