Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis will sanction the signing of Barcelona talent Abde Ezzalzouli, according to Spanish outlet Sport. The Reds chief will agree to pay whatever it takes to land the youngster if Forest stay in the Premier League.
The 21-year-old will become a wanted man during the summer. Xavi has previously called him ‘extraordinary’ and naturally big things are expected of the left winger who is currently on loan with Osasuna.
Ezzalzouli went to the World Cup with Morocco at the end of last year. The Atlas Lions made history by reaching the semi-final and the youngster made three appearances in Qatar.
Interest has been rife in several Morocco stars since the World Cup. Now, Ezzalzouli looks like being the next player to win himself a big move, with several clubs keen.
It’s claimed that Forest are leading the chase for his signature. A meeting is likely to take place with Barcelona in the summer where he’s likely to discover what his future holds.
At the weekend, Ezzalzouli showcased his talent. He scored the winning goal as Osasuna claimed a big win against Sevilla in La Liga.
The forward has made 12 appearances for Barcelona. Xavi is clearly a big fan and he does have a contract at the Nou Camp until 2026.
Forest owner Marinakis will sanction Ezzalzouli deal
It’s hard to think of a player who hasn’t been linked with Forest since they won promotion. Clearly, the club are still leaving no stone unturned in the quest to improve and Marinakis will maintain his backing.
Forest will definitely need to stay in the Premier League to attract the Morocco international. If they do, however, he could prove a very shrewd signing.
Ezzalzouli is a tricky winger with an abundance of pace. He can play on either flank and at 21-years-old has bags of unearthed potential.
Steve Cooper loves the chance to nurture a young player. If Forest stay in the Premier League, the talented Barcelona star could be the next to benefit from his coaching if Marinakis stays true to his word.