Nottingham Forest announce defender deal with Arsenal outcast set to follow

Premier League outfit Nottingham Forest are on the verge of sealing a double defender swoop.

First on the agenda at the City Ground comes a confirmed addition to Steve Cooper’s defensive ranks.

The player to have taken his talents to England’s East Midlands with a view to the season ahead? Corinthians star Murillo.

For those not familiar with his name, defender Murillo has been hotly tipped to take his talents to Forest over the course of recent weeks.

This comes after word was forthcoming that the highly-regarded 21-year-old had been identified as a star in the making on the part of the City Ground brass.

Negotiations, in turn, had long been kicked into gear between the two clubs.

And, as alluded to above, late on Thursday, such talks have finally borne fruit.

As per announcement across Forest’s official website and social media platforms a short time ago:

‘Nottingham Forest is delighted to announce the signing of Murillo from Corinthians.

‘The young Brazilian defender has signed a five-year contract which keeps him at The City Ground until at least the summer of 2028.’

The deal is understood to have set the Reds back a sum in the region of €15 million, consisting of an initial €12 million, followed by a potential €3 million in bonuses.

As alluded to above, though, the powers that be in Nottingham are not at all ready to rest on their laurels.

This comes with yet more fresh blood set to be added to boss Cooper’s squad ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline.

As revealed by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal have signed off on the terms of a deal which will see Nuno Tavares imminently link up with the club’s Premier League rivals.

The deal in question will see left-back Tavares join Forest on loan for the season ahead, at a cost of £1 million.

Next summer, his new club will then have the chance to make the transfer a permanent one, for a further £12 million, and £3 million in add-ons.

The option to buy, meanwhile, could become an obligation in the case of certain conditions being met.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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