Renan Lodi is the latest player on the radar of Nottingham Forest FC, who is arguably one of the biggest spenders of this summer transfer window, after securing promotion to Premier League football from the Championship last season. They have completed deals for a whooping 17 players including Nigerian striking duo, Taiwo Awoniyi and Emmanuel Dennis, but they do not seem to be done with transfers yet.
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Renan Lodi to help Nottingham Forest evade the drop
Atletico de Madrid confirmed yesterday that they had changed their resolve on Renan Lodi and could now let him leave on loan if the right deal is struck with the right club. Having noted that, Nottingham Forest has pounced on the opportunity to sign the Brazilian left-back with a loan offer worth €5 million, according to Fabrizio Romano. Nottingham Forest manager, Steve Cooper, is reportedly also interested in ensuring that a buy option which would cost the Reds €30 million, is included. Nottingham Forest has already signed two left backs, Omar Richards and Harry Toffolo, this summer, but with Richards sustaining a head injury in pre-season, they’re left with only one option in the left fullback position.
Atletico de Madrid, on their part, has not used Renan Lodi this season. They have played with a formation that makes use of wing-backs, rather than the traditional left backs, and Diego Simeone has favoured having Yannick Carrasco or Thomas Lemar in that position. As a result, it seems like there is little or no place for Renan Lodi in the team. And with the World Cup coming up in November, he’ll want more game time, hence Nottingham Forest’s bid for the player.
Renan Lodi, 24, isn’t a bad player, though. He was integral in the Atletico Madrid side that won the La Liga last year and even scored against Manchester United in the Champions League, helping Atletico Madrid progress to the next round of the tournament before they were ousted by Manchester City. His move to Nottingham Forest could very much help the Reds evade the drop back to the Championship, as Steve Cooper eyes to bring Nottingham Forest back to its glory days in England and Europe at large.
Sergio Reguilon to replace Renan Lodi
With Renan Lodi moving to Nottingham when the deal is completed, Atletico de Madrid has now turned to Tottenham Hotspur’s Sergio Reguilon as a replacement. Reguilon hasn’t had the best of times in London since Antonio Conte came onto the stage. He hasn’t adapted well to Conte’s wingback system, and the arrival of Ivan Perisic will mean less game time for the Spaniard. Atletico de Madrid will face competition from Fulham and Lazio for his signature when Nottingham pulls through with Lodi’s deal.