Nottingham Forest are reportedly planning to swoop for Cremonese player Emanuele Valeri in January, although they could face competition from some big teams for his signature.
Valeri joined Cremonese from fellow Italian club Cesena in September 2020. He has gone on to make 72 appearances for Cremonese, registering six goals and three assists in that time.
The left-back is enjoying a good start to the new campaign. He opened his account for the season with a goal in the recent 1-1 league draw with Atalanta.
Valeri can also operate further forward in a left wing-back role, which makes him an attractive signing for larger clubs.
Nottingham Forest already have strong options on the left side of defence. In the recent summer transfer window, they signed Renan Lodi, Omar Richards and Harry Toffolo to compete for the position. Despite this, Steve Cooper’s side are being tipped to go back into the transfer market and chase Valeri.
According to Sport Witness, who cite reports coming out of Italy, Forest are preparing to ‘launch an attack’ on Cremonese and try to capture Valeri in January.
While he is an important player for the Serie A outfit, they know they can pick up a big profit on him. He joined them for just £90,000 but is now valued at £1.62million by transfermarkt.
Due to this, Cremonese are ‘rubbing their hands’ together over the possibility of selling the defender to Forest. The Reds showed in the summer they are willing to spend big to get the right players in.
Forest joined by two clubs in wanting Emanuele Valeri
However, Forest are not alone in the pursuit of Rome-born Valeri. His agent, Pietro Parente, recently confirmed Lazio and AC Milan are planning to send offers to Cremonese.
During an interview with Italian source Tuttmercatoweb, Parente said: “Yes, it is true, I confirm that they are clubs that have probed his profile. After all, he also showed yesterday [vs Lazio] that he is ready for a further step forward, that he is also ready for the so-called big [clubs]. Not only on a technical level but also on a personality level.
The representative was then asked if Valeri could leave Cremonese in the near future. He replied: “The boy is only focused on Cremonese and on salvation [staying up] which is the first goal of the club, then we’ll see about the future.
“Obviously, the goal is to grow more and more, and if it were not, hunger must always be there. If one day the possibility arises, we will exploit it. But it’s not time to talk about it.”
It seems Valeri and his agent will push for a move away from his current side if an interested club, such as Forest or Lazio, submits a bid for him.
The 23-year-old is clearly developing into a good player. Though it would be a surprise if Forest actually made a move to sign him.
After all, Cooper already has strong options at left-back. Lodi has Champions League experience, Richards played for Bayern Munich and Toffolo proved himself to be a top Championship player with Huddersfield.
Cooper has enough good quality left-backs to help Forest avoid relegation this season. Other positions may need strengthening, but left-back isn’t one of them.