As Steve Cooper attempts to improve his defensive options ahead of the Premier League season, sources claim that Nottingham Forest has made a bid to Galatasaray for defender Victor Nelsson.
Since the beginning of the summer, the Midlands club has brought in Antony Elanga, Ola Aina, and Matt Turner as well as making Chris Wood’s initial loan agreement permanent.
What has changed since Victor Nelsson was signed by Nottingham Forest?
According to Aksam through Sport Witness, the Premier League team has made a bid of €18 million (£16 million), with bonuses potentially raising it to €22 million (£19 million). Galatasaray is prepared to accept the offer in order to avoid any future Financial Fair Play concerns.
According to sources, the Turkish team initially desired that the defender’s €25 million (£22 million) release clause be activated, but they appear to have been obliged to accept Forest’s offer.
In order to establish his best starting lineup immediately and prevent a relegation struggle, Steve Cooper will be eager to welcome Nelsson as soon as the Premier League season begins.
The defender’s willingness to accept the transfer and purported desire to play in a more competitive league, such as England’s top division, has undoubtedly aided Forest.
Having said that, the transaction is undoubtedly one to watch in the coming weeks.
Victor Nelsson should Nottingham Forest sign him?
Nottingham Forest needs all the quality they can acquire if they want to avoid the dreaded second season syndrome. And while though this summer’s attention has largely been on attacking reinforcements, with the signing of Elanga being particularly intriguing, this would be the ideal time to bolster their backline.
Forest allowed 68 goals last season, fifth highest in the league. This shows how much they could use a center defense this summer, and Nelsson would fit the bill.
The central defender played a key role in Galatasaray’s resounding victory in the Turkish Super Lig, which they won by eight points, last season, making 35 appearances across all competitions. The fact that Forest is in a position to pursue such players following last season’s relegation struggle may sum up the power of the Premier League.
Forest supporters may exhale with relief if they can sign the defender because their season begins with a trip to Arsenal, which is a challenging start. Despite their tremendous offensive, Forest’s chances of survival may depend on their ability to maintain a strong defensive position—something Nelsson would undoubtedly aid.
Cooper said, via Nottinghamshire Live, of his team’s summer business thus far: “We need more players, to be honest. We must be honest enough to discuss signings. There was, in my opinion, a legitimate perception that we had signed a large number of players. What occurred last summer was unusual and had never happened before.
It ultimately served as a significant motivator for me to ensure that we succeeded despite having a sense that we couldn’t. Now that we have a squad, we are going through the typical process of trying to improve on last year.