Nottingham Forest are now edging closer to the signing of Brazilian wonderkid Murillo as the transfer deadline draws ever closer. The Reds have been targeting a new central defender for a little while and look to have got their man.

Fabrizio Romano has now confirmed this as a ‘Here we go’ deal, suggesting that it’s close to completion. Furthermore, on Instagram last night, the player was seen saying his goodbyes to his partner at the airport, with England likely to be his destination.

Forest Murillo
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Murillo is set to sign for Forest for a fee in the region of £11 million. The player will have a sell-on clause inserted at the request of Corinthians; whilst a further £2 million could be recouped by them in the way of add-ons.

The deal isn’t yet completed but it’s looking close now. A medical examination will be required once he gets to England and it’s expected that the deal will go through shortly after that, with no problems anticipated.

The 21-year-old doesn’t have loads of experience to his name. He’s only actually played 31 times for Corinthians but he’s been tipped for big things amid a series of fine performances during the 2023 campaign.

Forest have been monitoring a number of central defenders. Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna have both played alongside Willy Boly so far this season, with Moussa Niakhate and Felipe fighting their way back to full fitness.

Forest edge closer to Murillo signing

This looks like an exciting signing for the Reds to make. Indeed, the club are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to sign new players and the South American market is clearly one that they’re keen to tap into.

Forest are getting themselves a very handy defender. He’s been cautioned seven times during the current campaign and clearly, he’s not afraid to mix it with the more physical players he comes up against.

Forest Murillo

Although the player is a central defender, he can play in a number of different systems. Already during his young career, he’s showcased that he can play in a two or three-man defensive unit.

Murillo is on his way to England and this deal should now go through in the coming days. Hopefully, he can hit the ground running and get up to speed at Forest as quickly as possible.