Nottingham Forest have made a formal approach to Vitoria Guimaraes for Bruno Varela, sparing memories of 2018. Aitor Karanka was keen to add the goalkeeper to his Forest ranks five years ago and now he’s back on the City Ground radar.
This latest report comes from Transfermarkt journalist Luca Bendoni. He claims that there could be some developments regarding Varela moving to Forest very soon.
The 28-year-old has been the first-choice stopper at Vitoria this season. He’s made 21 appearances for the top-flight outfit and also captained the side on a handful of occasions. Varela has claimed 11 clean sheets.
Forest are in the market for a goalkeeper this month. Dean Henderson has been ruled out for around a month and Keylor Navas and Dominik Livakovic have already been linked with moves.
Varela has spent most of his career as a number two custodian. He’s been on the books with Ajax, Benfica, Real Valladolid and Vitoria Setubal during a colourful career.
Karanka was keen to land Varela during his time at Forest in 2018. Back then he was with Benfica and was seeking a move away from the club.
It’s claimed that Forest have made an approach to sign the goalkeeper and it will be interesting to see if they can tempt Vitoria into a sale.
Forest have made a formal approach to sign Varela
This one looks like an interesting one and given his number of clean sheets this season, it’s crystal clear that he’s a player in fine form.
Forest must move swiftly to address the situation. Henderson has picked up an injury and given the links, it’s clear Hennessey is a very short-term fix.
Varela would likely jump at the chance to head to the Premier League. Vitoria are currently sixth in the top flight but a top European league would surely be desirable.
The talented stopper has enough experience to be a success at Forest and a solution to the current situation with Henderson, he may prove ideal.
Rumour rating: 6/10 – It’s hard to imagine too many Forest fans knowing much about him really. We’ve bumped this one up a little bit due to Varela being bang in form at the moment.