Nottingham Forest have made an offer to sign Konstantinos Mavropanos but the player holds reservations about making the move. The Reds are cranking up their attempts to sign a new central defender before the season starts.
According to Greek outlet Sportime, the defender doesn’t quite believe he’s ready for Premier League football. Mavropanos made eight appearances for Arsenal but has started to really prove himself in Germany.
The 25-year-old has been in fine form for Stuttgart. He’s made 89 appearances for the club and he does look to be at home in the Bundesliga.
Mavropanos has time on his side to continue improving. Furthermore, he has other clubs interested in him, with Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Inter all monitoring his situation.
The Reds have made the most serious attempts to sign Mavropanos. They’ve bid £8.5 million for his services and Stuttgart could be willing to sell him this summer.
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Now, there is a spanner in the works, however. The Reds are keen to land the player but he doesn’t feel as though he’s quite ready for the Premier League at this stage of his development.
Mavropanos never got a fair crack of the whip at Arsenal. He did get some praise from Ian Wright during his time at the Emirates Stadium and he did showcase that he has something about him.
Forest make offer for Mavropanos but he’s got reservations
This is a tricky one. On one hand, Forest clearly think he has got what it takes to make it in the Premier League; however, they would be wise not to really sign a player with such a defeatist attitude.
The Reds do need another central defender to sign before the season starts. Moussa Niakhate has now dislocated his elbow and will face around six weeks out of action.
Joe Worrall, Scott McKenna, Willy Boly and Felipe are all in the defensive ranks. The Reds would like one more to come in and Mavropanos fits the profile nicely.
Given this piece of news, the player might need some convincing to come to Forest. He’s a steady player and Steve Cooper will only sign him if he truly feels that he can improve the squad.