Nottingham Forest will make a monstrous offer for Merih Demiral on transfer deadline day, according to Tutto Atalanta. The 24-year-old only signed for Atalanta on a permanent basis in the summer but could now move on.
The central defender has been a regular in Serie A this season but Gian Piero Gasperini could now be ready to let him leave as he tries to reshuffle his squad on deadline day.
Demiral is no stranger to being linked with the Premier League. In previous transfer windows, he’s been courted by Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle from the English top flight.
Forest are expecting a busy transfer deadline day. They are set to sign Felipe from Atletico Madrid and have also struck a deal to sign Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.
Now, they’re targeting another centre-back and Demiral is probably one of the more seasoned 24-years-old players in the world, having moved around a lot during his career.
Forest are set to go all in on Demiral. The report claims that a bid of £23 million will be made today, with the Reds keen to ensure they’re well-stocked ahead of the second half of 2022/23.
Demiral is proven in a European top flight. Prior to playing for Atalanta, he made appearances for Juventus, Sassuolo, Sporting Lisbon and Alanyaspor in Turkey.
Forest make monstrous offer for Demiral
This one has come somewhat out of the blue. Still, it seems clear that Forest are desperately trying to bolster their defensive options before tonight’s deadline.
Willy Boly and Joe Worrall have been the first-choice defenders lately. Both have done okay but Steve Cooper will fancy that he can sign better before the 11pm cut-off this evening.
Italy legend Leonardo Bonucci heaped praise on Demiral back in May last year. He called him a ‘great person’ and a ‘great professional’ after Juventus came up against Atalanta.
Rumour rating: 9/10 – This would be a quality deal for the Reds. Demiral is a proven player in Serie A and has also played 35 times for Turkey.
The centre-back is strong, reads the game incredibly well and furthermore in today’s market, he wouldn’t cost a fortune.
Forest would be wise to get a deal for the £60,000-a-week defender over the line!