A report by Palmeiras Online claims that Gustavo Scarpa has already agreed to join Nottingham Forest in December. The Reds have been linked with the 28-year-old all summer, although there is no official confirmation as of yet.
Now, the latest report might have dropped a clue. Scarpa will stick with Palmeiras for the 2022 Brazilian top-flight campaign and then head to the Premier League.
The Brazilian giants are on course to claim a league title. They currently sit top of the division after 22 games and currently have nine more points than Flamengo.
Scarpa has scored nine goals and claimed nine assists during the current campaign. In February he played the full 120 minutes as Chelsea needed extra time to beat Palmeiras in the Club World Cup Final.
There was originally another plan in place for Scarpa. It’d previously been claimed that he would head to Olympiacos on loan in December, but only if they remained in the Champions League.
Maccabi Haifa ended their hopes of reaching the competition this season and now he looks set to join Forest straight for the off.
Scarpa typically played as a left-sided attacker. He’s a bit of a jack of all trades, however, and has played in a number of attacking positions for Palmeiras.
Scarpa agreed to join Forest and comments suggest he will be buzzing
In the latest report, some quotes from Scarpa are published and they suggest that he’s delighted to be heading to England.
He told Palmeiras Online: “Anyone who knows me knows the dream of playing in Europe, my biggest dream has always been England.
“When the opportunity arose, at the age of 28, it was surreal. My last chance. It’s hard to let go of something so big that we have built at this club.”
Scarpa’s versatility would be a useful asset to the Forest ranks. He will be out of contract in December and subsequently, the Reds won’t pay a transfer fee for him.
It will be interesting to see how he does adapt to English football. The Premier League can be unforgiving but Scarpa seems determined to make it work.