Roberto Gagliardini has packed his bags and is ready to leave Inter and sign for Nottingham Forest. According to Gazzetta, the 28-year-old is now keen for the clubs to find an agreement quickly so the transfer can take place.
Gagliardini has been told that he can leave Inter, with the player falling down the pecking order. He’s been with the San Siro giants since 2017 when he checked in from Atalanta initially on loan.
The midfielder is out of contract in the summer. With that in mind, some reports earlier this week claimed that Gagliardini might sign a pre-contract agreement and join the Reds at the end of the season.
Gagliardini has spent his entire career playing in Italy. He’s a midfielder with defence-minded intentions and that perhaps makes Forest signing him now seem somewhat odd.
The Reds are quite well-stocked in midfield. Ryan Yates and Cheikhou Kouyate are currently missing through illness and injury respectively but Steve Cooper still has plenty of options.
Remo Freuler, Orel Mangala, Danilo and Lewis O’Brien are all in the squad. Gagliardini would further strengthen the squad’s options and it will be interesting to see how much Forest pay for him.
The man with seven caps for Italy to his name has been given high praise in the past. Daniele De Rossi called him the heir to his throne back in 2018, although it’s fair to say he’s not lived up to that billing.
Gagliardini has packed his bags for Forest move
The Italian midfielder would have a familiar face in the dressing room to help him settle. Remo Freuler spent the 2016/17 season playing for Atalanta with Gagliardini before he joined Inter.
The midfielder might be a useful player to have in the squad for Cooper. You don’t make 175 appearances for Inter if you can’t play and Gagliardini looks like a Filippo Giraldi signing.
Forest’s head coach has spoken about joined-up thinking with the sporting director and his targets. As a result, it will be interesting to see exactly what Cooper has in mind for Gagliardini.
His arrival will surely signal some departures from the City Ground. O’Brien in particular looks at risk, with West Brom linked with signing him earlier this month.