Lyon look set to sign Nottingham Forest-linked midfielder William Carvalho, according to Goal. It’s claimed that the player has already sounded out Real Betis teammate Nabil Fekir about the French club.
Carvalho was surprisingly linked to Forest yesterday. The Daily Mail claimed that the La Liga star was on a four-man shortlist to bolster Steve Cooper’s midfield ranks.
Now, it looks as though the French outfit are ready to sign the player. Personal terms are yet to be agreed upon by Carvalho but he is willing to head to France for his next move.
Lyon disappointed during 2021/22. They finished in a pretty mediocre eighth place in Ligue 1 and as a result, they won’t play European football next season.
It was initially anticipated that swap deal might take place. Betis are keen to sign Hossem Aouar and has been negotiating a deal that involved Carvalho heading to France.
Aouar doesn’t seem overly keen on such a move, however. He looks set to leave Lyon this summer, although it’s likely to be a club that isn’t Copa del Rey holders Betis.
It’s now understood that Carvalho will still move to France though. That deal hasn’t been impacted with Aouar not willing to make the move to Spain and personal terms will now be discussed.
Lyon set to sign Carvalho and it’s back to the drawing board for Forest
It was claimed yesterday that Forest had a four-man shortlist. As a result, they’re unlikely to dwell on losing out to Lyon for Carvalho for too long.
The experienced midfielder would have been useful. Forest are craving a combative performer for the middle of the park and the 30-year-old would have performed that duty nicely.
Lyon are an established club in the top-flight of their country. Forest might have to wait a year or two before they can tempt players with the pedigree of Carvalho to the City Ground.
The challenge for the Reds is to ensure they can get something sorted prior to the window closing.
Carvalho, paid £82,000-a-week, now looks set for Lyon though and he won’t become the latest component of Cooper’s ever-growing squad.