Nottingham Forest will be signing Gustavo Scarpa in January, despite the club trying to entice him out of the pre-contract agreement.
Palmeiras don’t want to lose their star man. They offered to pay £4 million compensation to terminate his agreement with the Reds.
Scarpa is a man of his word though. He doesn’t want to appear disloyal to Forest and will now achieve his dream of heading to England.
Whether he remains at the City Ground for the second half of the 2022/23 campaign remains to be seen.
It was initially anticipated earlier this summer that he might head straight to Olympiacos on a six-month loan deal.
Josh Bowler and Hwang Ui-jo have headed to Greece on similar deals this summer.
They will spend the season in Athens and they will both be looking to prove themselves to Forest ahead of the next campaign.
Scarpa was handed the chance to stay in Brazil, according to UOL. They don’t appear to have taken his decision well and made an offer to the Reds.
The 28-year-old scuppered the move though and wants to head to Europe once his deal expires in January.
Forest are getting themselves a number 10 who works hard and has lots of experience in South American football.
Palmeiras should romp to the league title this season and Scarpa has been an integral part of the team.
In 49 appearances during 2022, he’s scored 10 goals and 10 assists in all competitions and he will head to Forest in fine form.
Scarpa will be heading to Forest in January
It will be intriguing to see what happens with this deal when it takes place at the turn of the year.
It’s not completely out of the question that Forest send him straight to Olympiacos but it could depend on the circumstances.
The Reds spent a large amount of money in the transfer market during the summer and they’re now well-stocked.
Morgan Gibbs-White and Jesse Lingard were added as number 10 options; with Emmanuel Dennis and Taiwo Awoniyi signing as a striker.
The real question is where does Scarpa fit into the current Forest ranks?
As a result, this transfer looks to have a few more twists and turns, although it does appear he will become a Forest-owned player once the window reopens.