Forest snap up Barca youngster as they look for final promotion push

Date published: Thursday 27th February 2020 3:13

Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of former Barcelona midfielder Marcus McGuane on a contract running until 2022.

The 21-year old, who represents England at Under-19 level, left Arsenal’s academy in 2018 in favour of a move to Spain but he made just 24 appearances for the club’s B team.

The midfielder had been at the Gunners since his youth and went on to captain the Under-18s side, making two appearances for Arsene Wenger’s senior team in the 2017/18 Europa League campaign.

In the summer, McGuane was linked with a permanent move to Croatian side Hadjuk Split, but the clubs were unable to come to an agreement and instead the midfielder joined Telstar on loan.

During his time with the Dutch second division side, McGuane made just 16 appearances before his spell was cut short in January when he was allowed to depart Barcelona.

McGuane reportedly had a £21.3 million release clause in his contract but the Barca hierarchy decided the English youngster could depart the club for free, with his due to run until 2021.

McGuane will now link up with Forest’s under 23 team, the move announced on the club’s official website.

Forest travel to struggling Middlesbrough next Monday off the back of a win against Cardiff on Tuesday that saw them move to within six points of the Championship’s automatic promotion places.

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