Liverpool’s Last-Minute Bargain Hunt: Will Nottingham Forest Defender Solve Their Defensive Woes?

Liverpool’s Last-Minute Bargain Hunt: Will Nottingham Forest Defender Solve Their Defensive Woes?

Liverpool’s chase for Nottingham Forest centre-back Murillo heats up as financial crisis pushes the Midlands club to offload talent to meet Premier League rules.

Nottingham Forest are facing impending pressure to balance their books due to Premier League profit and sustainability regulations, which last season resulted in a four-point deduction that jeopardized their top-flight status.

Football finance expert Stefan Borson told Football Insider that Nottingham Forest need to secure a trading profit of £20 to £25 million by Sunday to avoid more penalties.

This financial scramble urgency has ignited discussions about selling key players like Murillo and Morgan Gibbs-white.

Murillo: Liverpool Eyeing Cut-Price Deal

Murillo, at just 21 years of age, has become a cornerstone of Nottingham Forest’s defence since his move from Corinthians last summer. He featured prominently in 36 matches across all competitions.

Despite his crucial role, the Brazilian defender’s market value is estimated at a minimum of £40 million due to his contract running until 2028.

This low cost makes him an attractive option for clubs in need of defensive reinforcements.

Liverpool are keeping an eye on Murillo. They might seize the opportunity to benefit from Nottingham Forest’s financial troubles.

The club’s defensive depth was under strain, especially after Joel Matip was sidelined by injury since December.

Now, young defender Jarell Quansah’s rise gained him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s preliminary England squad for Euro 2024. While this is a relief, the need for more defensive options still remains pressing.

James Pearce, writing in The Athletic, said:

“Another centre-back would certainly be useful given Matip’s departure and Ibrahima Konate’s issues with fitness and form, but the challenge is finding the right player at a suitable price.”

Liverpool also have their eyes on players like Lille’s Leny Yoro and Bologna’s Riccardo Calafiori, which proves their proactive efforts in strengthening the backline.

Snagging Murillo at a bargain price fits perfectly with Liverpool’s game plan in a cutthroat transfer market.

They are aiming to plug immediate defensive holes while also ensuring long-term stability and depth in key positions.

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