A bizarre link for Nottingham Forest to sign Alexis Sanchez has now been dismissed by a reputable journalist. It had recently been claimed that the Reds fancied landing the striker.

According to El Futbolero, Sanchez had decided to walk away from Marseille this summer. It’d been claimed, quite ridiculously, that he’s agreed to join Forest and has accepted a return to the Premier League.

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Now, however, the very reputable Fabrizio Romano has put the mockers on the deal. He’s claimed that there has been no contact at this stage from Forest to Sanchez.

The 34-year-old has a history in the top flight. He initially came to the country to sign for Arsenal from Barcelona and spent four years at the Emirates Stadium.

He was largely impressive during his time in North London. He bagged 80 goals and claimed 45 assists before rupturing his relationship with the Gunners faithful and signing for Manchester United.

At Old Trafford, things went south very quickly. He failed to live up to his billing and left after scoring five goals and claiming nine assists from just 45 appearances for the club.

Since leaving United he’s had pretty decent spells with Inter and Marseille. Last season, he found the net 18 times in all competitions; as the club made an impressive return to the Champions League.

Marseille players loved playing alongside him last season. Valentin Rongier called him ‘quality’ after a 2-0 win over Clermont and was extremely impressive across the campaign.

Romano says there is no substance between Sanchez and Forest

This is perhaps for the best when you sit down and really think about it. Sanchez would be another signing that has zero resale value and would likely command a substantial wage for one year.

Forest Sanchez
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Although, he would arrive in decent form. His 18-goal haul last season isn’t to be sniffed at and he would definitely have provided a different option to the Forest attack.

This signing perhaps doesn’t fit the profile of a Steve Cooper signing. That said, Sanchez is class and surely the head coach would have welcomed the chance to call upon him this season.

Romano is very rarely wrong with this sort of thing. Now he’s claimed that the earlier reports are wide of the mark, it’s probably best if Forest fans forget the dream of landing Sanchez.

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