AS have suggested that Atletico Madrid hope Nottingham Forest will sign Renan Lodi on a permanent basis. The Reds have the option to sign the player for £20 million should they wish to do so at the end of the season.
Lodi signed for Forest during the summer transfer window. He was added to the ranks after Omar Richards picked up a broken shin that ruled him out of the first half of the 2022/23 campaign.
The 24-year-old has made eight appearances for the Reds in all competitions. He scored his first goal for the club prior to the World Cup, netting against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
Lodi claimed the Goal of the Round accolade for his effort. His curling right-footed shot showcased exactly how useful he can be for the Reds if they get him on the ball in the final third of the pitch.
The Atletico-owned star was probably unfortunate to miss out on the World Cup. He was handed the chance to shine by Tite ahead of the tournament but missed out on the 26-man squad.
Now, he’s in Greece with the senior Forest ranks. The squad will undergo a mini pre-season training camp as they prepare to return to action by facing Blackburn in the League Cup on 21st December.
Atletico hope Forest sign Lodi
One thing that will have to happen here, is the Reds securing Premier League football for another season. If the team is relegated then adding Lodi to the ranks on a permanent basis is a non-starter.
The player has had his critics during the first half of the season. A lot of Forest’s worst results have come when Lodi has played, although that has often been completely coincidental.
Lodi is a very useful player to have in the Forest ranks. The Reds are fortunate to have him and he’s won the La Liga title with Atletico and also played in the Champions League for the club.
The player’s agent has already confirmed that Lodi will see the season out at Forest. It seems as though his parent club want the Reds to keep him, although there will be lots of work to do on that front.