As per Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Midlands club are now on the verge of making the Belgian international their 12th addition so far in the current window, with the 24-year-old set to make the switch to the City Ground on a £12.75m deal, plus add-ons.
Writing on Twitter about that imminent arrival, the transfer guru stated: “Nottingham Forest are set to sign Orel Mangala from Stuttgart, here we go. Full agreement reached, as first called by @Plettigoal – deal now completed.
“More details: £12.75m fixed fee. £3/4m add-ons. Been told sell-on clause also included around 12/14%.”
This follows a report from The Athletic’s David Ornstein on Monday which revealed that Steve Cooper’s side had reached an “agreement in principle” to land the 5 foot 10 colossus, with the deal seemingly gathering pace.
That impending move would represent yet another astute piece of business for the two-time European champions, with promotion-winning coach Cooper having been handed significant backing ahead of the club’s first Premier League campaign in 23 years.
Mangala has proven his worth during what has been a fine spell in Germany in recent years, netting once and providing three assists in 28 Bundesliga outings from his central midfield berth last term.
While largely deployed in a more defensive holding role, the £13.5m-rated man’s strongest attribute appears to be his ability to carry the ball forward from deep, as he ranks in the top 1% for dribbles completed among those in his position across Europe’s top five leagues.
Equally, the £4.8k-per-week menace also ranks in the top 12% for progressive passes received and the top 15% for touches in the attacking penalty area, further illustrating his willingness to get forward and impact play in the final third.
Dubbed a “real talent” by national team coach Roberto Martinez, the one-cap brute will add much-needed depth to Cooper’s midfield ranks, with Forest having been left noticeably short of quality in that department following the return of loanee James Garner to parent club Manchester United.
Alongside recent addition Lewis O’Brien, Mangala will help to bolster the manager’s options in the centre of the park, with the 42-year-old seemingly not wanting to leave himself short ahead of such a crucial season for the club.
There may be concerns about just how he will go about bedding in so many new arrivals, but for supporters there will simply be pure excitement at the prospect of yet another exciting talent coming through the door.