Palmeiras are keen to re-sign Nottingham Forest forward Gustavo Scarpa this summer after the player left in January. The 29-year-old is back in training with the Reds after a frustrating first six months at the club.
Forest agreed on a deal to sign Scarpa last summer. The player chose to stay in Brazil to help Palmeiras win the league title first, however, and he won the Golden Ball award.
The player headed to Forest in January and Steve Cooper quickly threw him into the team in a bid to get him acclimatised. He made 10 appearances for the Reds but failed to register a goal contribution.
Scarpa was a little bit unfortunate towards the end of 2022/23. He had to return to Brazil after being caught up in a financial scam and when he returned to Nottingham he picked up an injury.
Now, it seems as though Palmeiras are keen to test the water to get Scarpa back, according to reports. It’s not clear at this stage whether or not Forest would let their player leave or not ahead of next season.
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It does seem as though the player could still have something to offer the Reds. Given that he’s now 29-years-old, he should be in his prime and it will be interesting to see what the club decide to do.
Palmeiras want to re-sign Forest man Scarpa
This potential deal is likely to be determined by what the player wants to do. Scarpa could hold a desire to prove himself in the Premier League but a strong affection for the club he used to play for could sway things.
Scarpa is a steady player. He’s not exactly set the City Ground alight just yet but that doesn’t mean he won’t be capable of making an impact with a proper pre-season under his belt.
It’s hard to imagine the Reds letting any attacking options leave just yet. The Reds will want to add players to their squad this summer but right now they are pretty light in the attacking positions.
The ball is likely to sit in Scarpa’s court here. As a positive influence in the dressing room, Cooper would welcome him around the place but if he wants to go back to Brazil, he probably wouldn’t stand in his way.