Nottingham Forest are one of several Premier League clubs looking at Atalanta star Ruslan Malinovskyi. The Reds are one of several clubs eyeing the Ukrainian international and the player could be allowed to depart, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The midfielder typically operates in a more advanced role and is often deployed as a number 10. Last season, he enjoyed a fine campaign, scoring 10 goals and laying on a further seven in the way of assists.
Malinovskyi, 29, has been at Atalanta since checking in from Genk in 2019. He cost the Serie A club the best part of £13 million and they could look to cash in with just a year remaining on his deal.
The versatile creative spark began his career in Ukraine. He is a product of the Shakhtar youth academy but failed to make an impression on the first team. Instead, Zorya Lugansk took a chance on him and there he played 59 times.
He then moves to Genk where he started to showcase his class. In Belgium he really caught fire, scoring 30 goals and laying on a further 32 from 135 appearances.
With Atalanta, he’s arguably been an unsung hero in Gian Piero Gasperini’s team over the last few years. During 135 appearances for the Serie A outfit, he’s scored 29 goals and claimed 26 assists, often being considering a regular.
His current boss is a big fan. In March, he called the player ‘extraordinary’ following his performances amid the conflict taking place in his home country.
Malinovskyi has developed a reputation during his career for being able to strike a free kick. He has netted 16 across his career and he often finds himself over dead-ball situations.
Forest looking at Malinovskyi
The Reds are still looking to strengthen their squad. Forest have signed 12 players already and are close to the additions of Remo Freuler and Emmanuel Dennis, according to reports.
Malinovskyi seems a useful addition. Although he’s 29, he does have lots of experience and would surely welcome the opportunity to play in the Premier League.
Signing him might not come easily. Surely, news of his availability will alert other clubs and the player only currently collects a salary of £23,000-a-week, highlighting that he won’t cost a fortune.
Rumour rating: 7/10 – Lots of people who don’t follow Serie A are unlikely to have heard of him, it’s fair to say.
It would seem as though he can play though and with one year on his deal, there is scope for Forest to get a bargain.
The Reds definitely need a dead ball specialist. James Garner took free kicks and corners last season and Steve Cooper needs a replacement.