In a major development, Atletico Madrid have reportedly reached an agreement in principle with Premier League club Nottingham Forest to offload Renan Lodi.
As reported by journalist Jacque Talbot, Nottingham Forest and Atletico Madrid have shaken hands on a loan deal with an option to make the Brazilian defender’s transfer permanent next summer.
The Rojiblancos will receive a loan fee of €5 million for Lodi and would stand to pocket a further €30 million if Nottingham Forest decide to make his transfer permanent next summer.
Lodi has been with Atletico Madrid for a little over three years now, having joined the club in 2019 from Athletico Paranaense in his homeland. He has made 118 appearances for the Colchoneros so far, racking up six goals and 11 assists.
However, the 24-year-old has fallen behind Reinildo Mandava in the pecking order in Diego Simeone’s plans, which has forced him to consider a move away, especially with the FIFA World Cup coming up later this year.
There had been talks about a move to Newcastle United while clubs in the French Ligue 1 had shown some interest. But it is Nottingham Forest who seem to have clinched the signing of Lodi.
Talks had been progressing over the past week and an agreement in principle has been reached now. Jacque Talbot also adds that the Premier League club are now in talks with Lodi to agree personal terms before a deal can be finalised.
Once they offload the Brazilian, Simeone’s side might dip into the market for a new left-back, with former Real Madrid star Sergio Reguilon being linked with a move to the Civitas Metropolitano.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.