With two weeks left of the January transfer window, Nottingham Forest are linked with a shock move for Nicolo Zaniolo as they are on the brink of signing of Danilo.
The deal for Danilo is on the cusp of being made official after the Brazilian arrived in England on Sunday night, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Medical tests are underway this morning, with an announcement imminent that will see €20M fee go to Palmeiras and provide a long term deal for the 21 year old midfielder.
Danilo arrived in England yesterday night, as reported – he’s now undergoing medical tests ahead of his move to Nottingham Forest. Done and sealed, documents are signed between clubs. 🔴🩺🇧🇷 #NFFC
€20m fee to Palmeiras and long-term deal for Danilo. Official soon. pic.twitter.com/11syvGMUzc
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 16, 2023
The city ground was bouncing after a 2-0 derby win against Leicester on Saturday, and many maybe cheering at the links with Roma’s Zaniolo.
The forward has dipped in form under Jose Mourinho this season, and with his contract expiring next year, the Italian has begun to attract attention from many European clubs.
Forest are amongst a host of teams including Newcastle and Tottenham that have shown interest, meaning his signature will be no easy feat.
With the 23 year old being heavily scrutinised by Roma fans for two goals in 17 appearances, the forward may be looking for a way out, especially after being booed of the pitch in a win against Genoa.
Forest are clearly on the lookout for forwards this month, with the Reds also appearing as a candidate to sign Arnaut Danjuma.
A loan move is more likely for the former Bournemouth attacker, and the forward has jetted to England to discuss his options.
His and Zaniolo’s versatility between the flanks or through the middle demonstrates the profile of forward Forest are looking for, and suits manager Steve Cooper’s preferences in his attackers.
Either player could easily be regarded as a statement signing for the Reds, who have hit some form since the culmination of the World Cup.
Forest travel to Danjuma’s former side on Saturday, and it is safe to say the forward will have a keen eye on the result there.
Bournemouth are also interested in resigning, but will face competition from Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton.
On the other side of the pitch, the Reds are keeping tabs on Mario Hermoso, a defender for Atletico Madrid who once again, is more likely to be signed on loan.
Forest have conceded the second most goals in the league this season, so strengthening at the back is understandably a target.
An experienced, pacey 27 year old who has fallen out of the ranks at Madrid, could prove a valuable signing for Forest in keeping them in the Premier League.
As per, Forest are linked with many names and the club have been criticised a lot in the past for a somewhat erratic transfer policy, however, to remain in the Premier League for another season will prove a remarkable achievement, giving reasonable explanation to a variety of transfer targets.