Nottingham Forest should forget about signing Varela and back Pantilimon

According to Portuguese newspaper Record, Nottingham Forest are close to completing the signing of young goalkeeper Bruno Varela from Benfica.

What’s the story?

Having already signed attacking midfielders Diogo Goncalves and Joao Carvalho from the Portuguese club this summer, Forest boss Aitor Karanka is looking to make it a hat-trick from last season’s Primeira Liga runners-up.

Varela played 29 league games and kept 13 clean sheets in what was his first full season for Benfica after making his way through the youth teams and being sent out on two loan deals.

Now it seems as though the 23-year-old, valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, will make a permanent switch to the City Ground in what would be Forest’s tenth incoming transfer of the summer so far.


A waste of money

However, one of those who has already signed for Forest this summer is former Watford, Sunderland and Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon for an undisclosed fee.

The 6ft 8in giant is now 31 years old but has been impressive at his previous clubs and enjoyed a loan spell with Forest during the second half of last season in which he kept four clean sheets in 13 league matches.

After completing the permanent signing of Pantilimon, Forest would be wasting their money by signing yet another goalkeeper (they already have five). This is especially true for Varela who, contrary to his impressive stats, has failed to convince Benfica fans.

Romanian stopper Pantilimon’s build makes him the perfect keeper for the physical Championship whereas Varela has often struggled with crosses into the box and high balls.

Forest would be better off putting their faith in Pantilimon and spending the money on another outfield player to add to the squad hoping for promotion to the Premier League.