Nottingham Forest transfer target Renan Lodi has now been spotted training away from the Atletico Madrid senior squad. Alongside Joao Felix, the left-back didn’t take part in a full training session with Diego Simeone’s squad earlier this morning.
In a video released by Transfer News Live, Lodi and Felix are spotted away from the rest of the Atletico squad. Now, it’s thought that they will train with the club’s academy until they can find new clubs.
Lodi spent last season on loan at the City Ground. He made 32 appearances for the club and became a mainstay in Steve Cooper’s team that secured Premier League survival with a game to spare.
It’s not a secret that Lodi is wanted back at Forest. Although the club allowed an option to sign him for £25 million expire, it’s thought that was more to do with the Reds hoping to negotiate a better deal.
The 25-year-old has made 16 appearances for his country. He will hold ambitions to become a mainstay on the international stage and he will want his next club to guarantee him first-team football.
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It was claimed earlier this summer that Lodi would like to play in the Champions League. Benfica and Marseille have both been keen on his services, although it was claimed yesterday that the latter have pulled out of the race.
Forest transfer target Lodi training away from the senior Atletico Madrid squad
This could be good news from a Forest perspective. Lodi is clearly not wanted by Simeone and it would appear that this move could intensify any interest in securing his services.
It should be said that Lodi and Felix did both join in with training later on. The fact that they’re doing the majority of their work with the academy, however, surely doesn’t bode well for them.
Forest have Harry Toffolo and Omar Richards currently vying for the left-back berth. It’s fair to say that Lodi would bring some continuity to the rearguard though and likely provide an upgrade on both players.
This transfer saga has now taken another twist. As a result, it will be interesting to see if things start to move a little bit quicker from Forest in terms of trying to sign Lodi in the near future.