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Forest eyeing future “world-class CB” who might be Murillo 2.0


Nottingham Forest have usually resorted to signing gamers from South America since promotion again to the Premier League, with the membership conducting shrewd enterprise in signing them at reduce costs.

Gamers from Brazil and Argentina have been an actual hit on the Metropolis Floor, with the likes of Danilo, Renan Lodi and Nicolas Dominguez all exceeding expectations since their respective strikes to the East Midlands.

Danilo and Dominguez, specifically, will make the Reds some huge cash on their mixed £28m funding, with the Brazilian notably having scored six objectives for the membership since his transfer in January 2023.

He was joined by a fellow countryman this summer time, with centre-back Murillo arriving for £13m for Corinthians – a deal that will surely go down as the most effective within the membership’s current historical past.

The 21-year-old has featured in each Premier League sport since his debut again in October and has been linked with an enormous £50m transfer to the likes of Chelsea, Actual Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Nonetheless, the membership have the chance to copy the transfer for the teenager with one other Brazilian defender this summer time.

Nottingham Forest may revive curiosity in Brazilian star

In response to Jornal de Noticias, through Sport Witness, Nottingham Forest have the chance to signal Benfica centre-back Morato as soon as once more this summer time, with the 22-year-old having an “unsure” future on the membership.


Earlier than the arrival of Murillo final summer time, the Reds, then managed by Steve Cooper, submitted a £26m provide for his providers, however the bid was finally rejected by the Portuguese facet.

He’s featured 21 instances within the Liga Portugal this season, usually taking part in at left-back, however is best suited taking part in as a left-sided central defender.

While it’s unknown how a lot a deal would value Forest this summer time, he may show to be a superb alternative for Murillo ought to the proficient teenager depart for pastures new through the low season.

Why Morato could be Murillo 2.0 for Nottingham Forest

While no Forest fan would wish to lose Murillo through the summer time window, any transfer for the defender would boast an enormous revenue – massively serving to the membership’s battle to remain throughout the confines of the Premier League’s PSR guidelines.


Nonetheless, followers shouldn’t fear concerning the hole he could depart within the Reds’ defence, with Morato a greater than ample alternative for the teenager ought to he depart the Metropolis Floor.

Within the Liga Portugal throughout 2023/24, the “unbelievable” Morato, as described by scout Antonio Mango, has averaged 3.1 tackles per 90 – a complete that’s practically two instances larger than the Reds defender Murillo.

The 22-year-old – who expertise scout Jacek Kulig prompt “has every little thing to develop into a world-class centre-back” – has additionally crushed his compatriot for aerials gained, with the present Forest centre-back struggling to win many battles within the air given his 5 foot 11 body.

How Murillo compares to Morato in 2023/24







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Stats through FBref

Nonetheless, Murillo has impressed along with his potential on the ball on the Metropolis Floor this season, choosing out passes that only a few gamers may even image. Regardless of his passing potential, he’s been unable to beat Morato’s tally on the ball, with the Benfica expertise finishing 5% extra passes and a median of eight extra per 90.

Murillo is destined for the very prime of European soccer, along with his potential nothing in need of sensational given his tender age of simply 21.


Forest followers shall be determined to maintain maintain of one in every of their star belongings, however given the present monetary state of affairs on the membership, departures are desperately wanted with the teenager undoubtedly one which must be sacrificed.

It might appear an terrible prospect of shedding such a key participant after lower than a 12 months on the membership, however the Reds can actually soften the blow by signing Morato this summer time, with the South American having all of the traits to thrive below Nuno Espírito Santo.


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He might be the person destined to switch Murillo on the Metropolis Floor.