Nottingham Forest are closing in on a deal to bring Emiliano Marcondes to The City Ground this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that Chris Hughton’s side have opened talks with the out of contract Brentford attacking midfielder regarding a move to Forest this summer.
The report continues by stating that Hughton is looking to revamp his squad in the summer transfer window following a disappointing campaign last time out, with the 26-year-old looking set to become the club’s first summer signing.
Considering how impressive Marcondes has been for Brentford since joining the club back in January of 2018, the fact that Forest appear to be close to landing the former Denmark U21 international this summer, especially on a free transfer, should leave fans of the club buzzing.
Having joined the Superligaen team in September, the 26-year-old went on to feature 12 times for Brian Priske’s side, scoring two goals, registering two assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.5 shots and making 1.8 key passes per fixture.
These returns saw the £12k-per-week midfielder earn a highly impressive average SofaScore match rating of 7.26, ranking him as Midtjylland’s second-best performer in the top flight of Danish football.
Upon his return to Brentford, Marcondes went on to make 25 Championship appearances for Thomas Frank’s side, scoring two goals, registering seven assists and creating four big chances, in addition to taking an average of 0.9 shots and making 1.2 key passes per fixture.
These metrics saw the man Frank dubbed a “remarkable” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.08, ranking him as Brentford’s sixth-best performer in the second tier of English football that season, playing a huge role in the club making it all the way to the play-off final.
As such, with Forest having struggled to find the back of the net last season, with only Derby County scoring fewer than the Garibaldi’s 37 Championship goals, should Hughton go on to land Marcondes this summer, and the midfielder is subsequently able to recreate his form from 2019/20 in Forest colours next term, the Reds will see their likelihood of both creating and scoring chances dramatically increase – something that could prove the springboard for Forest’s climb back up the Championship table.