Report: Nottingham Forest make decision about Diogo Goncalves' future

Nottingham Forest manager \ head coach Martin ONeill during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa at City Ground on March 13, 2019 in Nottingham, England.

Diogo Goncalves started just one Championship game after joining Nottingham Forest from Primeira Liga leaders Benfica.

Benfica's foward Diogo Goncalves during the UEFA Youth League Quarter Final between SL Benfica and Shakhtar Donetsk at Caixa Futebol Campus on March 17, 2015 in Seixal, Portugal.

Diogo Goncalves will not be Nottingham Forest’s record signing after all and that will come as a surprise to precisely nobody.

The highly-rated winger moved to the City Ground on a season-long loan from Benfica last summer. And, should he impress, Forest had the option to sign the 22-year-old permanently for a fee of £18 million, according to the Nottingham Post.

That would have made Goncalves the most expensive player in the club’s history, exceeding his fellow Benfica export Joao Carvalho.

 

But the diminutive attacker has done very little during the last nine months to suggest he is worth even a quarter of that £18 million price-tag.

Goncalves started just one of his seven Championship appearances and tallied more red cards than goals or assists. In fact, that ill-fated lunge against Stoke City in September was perhaps the only thing of note the Iberian forward produced in this most forgettable of loan spells.

Nottingham Forest's Portuguese midfielder Diogo Goncalves (L) vies with Burton Albion's English defender Kyle McFadzeanduring the English League Cup fourth round football match between...

So Forest fans won’t be shocked to learn that Martin O’Neill has no interest in stumping up that eye-watering £18 million fee to tie down Goncalves to a long-term deal.

Record claims that he will return to Benfica though it seems very unlikely that a first team role at the Estadio da Luz beckons.

Benfica's forward Diogo Goncalves (L) challenges Basel's defender Michael Lang (R) during the UEFA Champions League football match SL Benfica vs FC Basel at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on...

 

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