Portuguese newspaper Record has reported that Nottingham Forest are in talks to sign goalkeeper Bruno Varela from Benfica for £13m and fans of the Reds are not happy.
The 23-year-old broke into the first team at Benfica just last season, playing 35 matches in all competitions and keeping 14 clean sheets after spending the previous two seasons out on loan.
However Forest already have five senior goalkeepers on the books, including Costel Pantilimon who recently signed on a permanent deal from Watford. The 6ft 8in man spent the second half of last season on loan at the City Ground and kept four clean sheets in 13 league matches.
Compared to 31-year-old Pantilimon, Varela would represent a huge risk for manager Aitor Karanka due to his lack of experience and tendency to drop or flap at crosses.
Forest fans have been expressing their opposition to the deal on Twitter. Check out some of the most passionate responses below.
Please don't sign Bruno Varela. He's widely regarded as the worst Benfica goalkeeper ever by a lot of Benfica fans. #nffc
— Owen Fossitt-Clay (@OwenFC_NFFC) July 4, 2018
Might regret asking this but do we need Bruno Varela as it’s reported in Portugal he is close to coming #nffc
— Benji Neil (@BenjiNFFC) July 11, 2018
Will not understand if Bruno Varela comes to forest… #nffc
— Lango (@NFFC_Langston) July 11, 2018
Hope we aren't going for this Bruno Varela (GK), lot's of Benfica fans say he's bad and looking at him on Youtube he doesn't catch anything. #NFFC
— Retro (@Retro89) July 11, 2018
Why would we spend 13 mil on a keeper when we sign pants
— Dean Stanhope (@DeanNFFCStan) July 12, 2018
#nffc Man, deals sounding close are varela (for some reason), byram, mings (due to them closing in on there guy), news of colback, saved money for vukcevic and we want a former striker (either oliveira or britt i reckon), oh and marriott, tomlin, summer deals are not done yet
— 🌳🌊🔴⚪ (@Bvsnffcsg01) July 11, 2018
Can’t see varela happening, with kapino actually training with the main team & probably him being round the same level as varela it doesn’t make much sense. #nffc
— Bradley (@McBrads95) July 11, 2018