Nottingham Forest are now close to completing the signing of Atalanta midfielder Remo Freuler, according to Tutto Mercato Web. The Reds have held a long-term interest in the Switzerland star and have stepped up their bid in the last few days.
The signing would likely see Forest complete their business in midfield. Lewis O’Brien and Orel Mangala have already been signed; with Jack Colback, Ryan Yates and Cafu all currently in place at the City Ground.
Freuler has been at Atalanta since 2016 when he checked in from FC Luzern. He has become a big part of the team under Gian Piero Gasperini, helping the club establish as a team that regularly competes in European competition.
Last season did prove disappointing for Atalanta though. They missed out on a place in Europe and as a result, the head coach is keen to reshuffle his pack ahead of the new season getting underway.
Freuler has already initiated contact through his representatives with Forest. He was recently told that he was being made available for transfer, with a £8 million valuation placed on his head.
At this stage, Forest are short. They’ve bid around £6 million, although it seems as though a deal will now get done; with the player extremely keen to join the Premier League outfit.
The report claims that the player is close to bidding a farewell to Atalanta. During his time with the Serie A outfit, he’s played 259 times for the club, scoring 20 goals and claiming 23 assists.
Forest close to Freuler signing
This will give the Reds the destructive midfield destroyer they’ve been craving. Although, Freuler has been described previously as a ‘complete midfielder’ and someone who can fulfil a number of duties.
At 30, he will bring top-flight experience to the Forest ranks. He’s captained Atalanta previously and he also has 46 caps for Switzerland to his name.
Cooper will know that his Forest squad is relatively young. As a result, this is the type of signing that looks ideal, with the Reds adding some experience to the group.
Freuler has been a big part of Gasperini’s team during his time in Italy. Now, the hope will be that he can make a similar impact in the Premier League with Forest.