Steve Cooper’s side have already paid a club-record fee for one centre-forward this summer. Taiwo Awoniyi arrived in June, the former Liverpool youngster returning to England after becoming Union Berlin’s all-time record goalscorer in the top-flight of German football.
Awoniyi set Nottingham Forest back a cool £17 million.
Pinamonti, an Italy U21 international finally living up to his vast potential at the age of 23, would have cost the City Ground club a slightly larger fee. According to Corriere dello Sport, Sassuolo are paying £17 million up front, with bonuses taking Pinamonti beyond Awoniyi’s price-tag.
The Inter-owned poacher – who scored 13 times on loan at Empoli in 2021/22 – is expected to undergo a medical at Sassuolo on Thursday. He will sign a long-term deal worth around £40,000-a-week.
Sassuolo agree deal for Inter Milan’s Andrea Pinamonti
Pinamonti will have big boots to fill at the Mapei Stadium. Literally and metaphorically. He arrives to take Gianluca Scamacca’s place, after one of Serie A’s most ruthless marksmen took his piston-like limbs to West Ham United.
According to Correire dello Sport, Nottingham Forest entered talks with Inter Milan regarding the rangy, 6ft 1ins Pinamonti earlier in August. A deal always felt unlikely, however. The former Chievo Verona youngster made it clear that he wanted to stay in Italy.
“(Pinamonti) is a player that we’re interested in,” Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali said this week. “He’s certainly an excellent player. The only problem is that he would have a high price tag for a club like Sassuolo.”
I Neroverdi will free up further funds by selling Giacomo Raspadori to Napoli. An agreement between the two clubs is close.
Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, will now look elsewhere as they look to provide serious competition from Awoniyi in attack. Emmanuel Dennis, Bamba Dieng and Southampton’s Che Adams are all options.