Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Remo Freuler is set to become a Nottingham Forest player in the coming hours and days.
“Remo Freuler to Nottingham Forest, here we go! Full agreement for €9m plus add-ons. Remo will sign until June 2025, medical booked.
“Huge signing, one more international Swiss midfielder and key player for Atalanta – Miltiadis Marinakis on it showing ambition again.”
Steve Cooper should be thrilled with his 13th signing of the summer, as Freuler can add bags of experience as well as solving a key issue that stood out for the Welsh manager in the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United in the Premier League opener last weekend.
Cooper took to his post-match interview to detail the problems Forest were facing in game that cost them two goals and ultimately three points at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon, saying:
“We fell short in our performance today, but we live and learn. We were not right today in possession, and there were not enough passes when we could get them off, and that ultimately cost us the two goals.
“The way we gave up the ball in the play before the goals, that’s not the team I want us to be.”
Now with Freuler deployed in the centre of the pitch for Forest there is no doubt that the Swiss midfielder can improve those problems that need to be resolved when you take a closer look at his strengths in the Atalanta team.
The 30-year-old who is the fourth most comparable player to N’Golo Kante over last season had a 85.5% pass completion rate, ranking in the top 10% of players in the top five European leagues for progressive passes and the top 15% for progressive carries, attempting 63.42 passes per 90 minutes, proving that he is a midfielder who looks after the ball as well as distributing it with great precision.
RTS Swiss national team commentator David Lemos hailed Freuler “tireless” when analysing the player’s contribution in the Atalanta team:
“He is not a shiny midfielder, but incredibly reliable and precise. He is a tireless worker – one of those you don’t notice, but who are involved in almost every move.”
With that being said, Freuler is a fantastic signing for the Reds and a real bargain at just £7.6m, especially if he can comfortably incorporate his meticulous midfield skills into the team over the season ahead.