According to Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato, Nottingham Forest are willing to offer a salary of €2m-a-year (£1.6m) or £30k-per-week to sign Atalanta midfielder Freuler.
As per the report, the two clubs are currently in talks to come to an agreement for Forest to secure a deal for the player as he is unlikely to play much for the Serie A side over this season. With the newly-promoted Premier League side, he would certainly have a better chance of first-team football.
The player is valued at around £25m by Football Observatory.
Following the first game of the Premier League season for Forest last weekend where they lost 2-0 to Newcastle United at St James’ Park, it comes as no surprise that Steve Cooper is continuing to look for ways to strengthen his team in the pursuit to retain the club’s top-flight status.
The Reds really struggled to maintain possession of the ball (39%) over their clash with the Magpies which in all honesty was something to be expected when you consider Howe’s high pressing, possession-based tactics, however, Cooper detailed exactly what Forest need to be doing to better their chances.
Cooper claimed in his post-match press conference:
“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.”
As a result, Freuler could be the perfect profile of player to offer a solution to the issues Cooper wants to tackle to improve his team’s play in the league this season.
Over 29 Serie A appearances last season, the 30-year-old midfielder tallied up a 92% pass completion rate in his own half and averaged 73.2 touches per game, as well as successfully completing the majority of his duels (57%). Thus, his ability to be measured in possession is something that Cooper very much needs.
The Swiss talent has been the recipient of high praise for his hard-working attitude in the centre of the pitch, with RTS Swiss national team commentator David Lemos claiming Freuler is “tireless” in an interview (via BBC Sport):
“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, the signing of Freuler would be a big addition for Cooper in his efforts to improve and strengthen the possession and ball control in the team, as he clearly displays the attributes Forest are crying out for.