Premier League debutants Nottingham Forest have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for the signing of Renan Lodi. They go would have pay an initial €5m loan for his services, with an option to buy €30 at the end of the season. The player is yet to agree personal terms with the English club.
Renan Lodi, 24, played a key role in Atletico Madrid’s 2020/21 La Liga triumph, registering two goals and as many assists in 29 appearances. However, the Brazilian left-back has lost his place in the starting XI this season and hasn’t played a single minute so far.
It now looks like Atletico boss Diego Simeone has given his blessing for Lodi’s exit, with the Spanish giants closing in on Tottenham Hotspur’s Sergio Reguilon. If a move for the 24-year-old materializes, he will become Nottingham Forest’s 19th signing of the summer transfer window.
Forest have shown great ambition in the transfer window after being promoted to the Premier League in May. They have signed Jesse Lingard, Neco Williams, Morgan Gibbs-White, Wayne Hennessey, Cheikhou Kouyate and Taiwo Awoniyi among a host of new players, as Steve Cooper looks to mark the Premier League and fight for survival.
Renan Lodi would be a coup for Nottingham Forest
Steve Cooper has used a three-man defensive system in the Premier League, with Harry Toffolo and Neco Williams operating as full-backs. Due to his system, he wants more defensive recruits before the transfer window. And Omar Richards’ long-term injury has heightened the need for a new left-back/full-back to rival Toffolo.
Thus, Forest’s interest in Renan Lodi takes on its full meaning. Lodi joined Atletico Madrid from Athletico Paranaense in 2019 and has made almost 120 appearances, winning La Liga two seasons ago. He is also a full Brazil international and is expected to be part of Tite’s squad for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
Lodi is comfortable playing as a left-back or a left-back, but operating from the latter position gives him the license to move forward and get more involved in the builder’s game, as evidenced by his performances at Atletico Madrid. The Brazilian will offer a different dynamic to that of Toffolo, while adding much-needed depth to the position.
Cooper’s side have made some impressive moves this summer but Lodi would be the crème de la crème if the Premier League newcomers manage to strike a deal. Lodi has solid playing experience at the highest level, and if Forest are able to secure his services, it would be a huge coup for them.