Nottingham Forest forward Gustavo Scarpa has been spotted at the airport as he nears a City Ground exit. He’s set to sign for Olympiacos and now it would seem as though the deal is nearing completion.
The 29-year-old has posted a photo on Instagram of himself at the airport alongside an emoji of the Greece flag. Scarpa is going to sign for the other Evangelos Marinakis-owned club ahead of their new season.
Scarpa signed for Forest in January 2023. A deal had been agreed a long time before then but the player wanted to stay with Palmeiras in order to help them win the league title.
Not only did end up with a league title to his name from that season but it was a good one on a personal level. He finished with 13 goals and registered 15 assists for the club and also won the Golden Ball award across the entire league.
Scarpa didn’t feature much at all when he arrived at Forest. He leaves having made just 10 appearances for the Reds and most of those appearances came as cameo outings from the bench.
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Now, his move looks set to be announced very soon. Olympiacos will be getting a player who will be desperate to prove a point and it remains to be seen whether it will be a loan or a permanent deal.
Ian Wright actually praised Scarpa during a win for Forest over Leicester last season. He called him ‘brilliant’ after he helped the Reds beat their rivals 2-0.
Forest forward Scarpa set to make exit from City Ground
This is a little bit sad but not overly exciting. Forest forward Scarpa struggled towards the back end of last season. He had to return to Brazil to sort some personal problems out and then suffered a knee problem.
Pre-season proved a little bit disjointed for him too. He did go with the squad for the pre-season trip to Spain but he suffered a minor setback in his injury recovery and struggled for minutes on the pitch.
Clearly, Forest need to get players out of the door before they can add new ones. In an ideal world, Scarpa would get the chance to impress but ultimately, he’s one of few fringe players who have a club willing to sign him.
It will be interesting to see what comes out regarding this deal. A permanent move wouldn’t really be a surprise and hopefully, Scarpa leaving can help the Reds land some new players of their own.