On Friday afternoon, La Dea coach Gian Piero Gasperini confirmed Remo Freuler’s impending £7.5 million switch to the Premier League newcomers.
“Freuler had this opportunity, (and) it materialised in a short time,” says the former Inter Milan boss.
“Now he went to the Premier League. Clearly, he’s a player I’m very fond of. If he’s happy with (his Forest switch), I thank him for what he did in the Atalanta shirt and wish him the best.”
Freuler, it seems, could soon reunite with a familiar face at the City Ground.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, Nottingham Forest hoping to complete a £20 million double deal; One that would see the 30-year-old Switzerland international arrive in the East Midlands alongside his Atalanta team-mate Ruslan Malinovskyi.
Ruslan Malinovskyi and Remo Freuler reunited at Nottingham Forest?
Nottingham Forest, the report adds, are offering around £12 million for Malinovskyi.
And while nothing is confirmed at this stage, that the Ukrainian’s wife has now posted a photo on Instagram, one that seemingly shows the Malinovskyis packing their bags and bidding farewell to their Bergamo home. A coincidence, or a cryptic clue?
“Guys, your messages break my heart. This is as unexpected for us as it is for you,” writes Roksana Malinovskyi, via Tuttomercatoweb.
“But nothing has been decided and it does not depend on us. Please be patient. I cannot remain silent just because you are worried, and I do not want this.
“You have to know one thing: I never leave you. Bergamo is our home. But football life it’s too hard. You never know what to expect. We love you!”
Is this a goodbye? It seems like it. On one hand, Roksana says ‘nothing has been decided’. But then, later on in the same message, she seems to admit that a sudden departure from Italy’s Lombardy region is very much on the cards, those boxed-up belongings offering another cryptic clue.
A stylish, left-footed attacking midfielder, Malinovsyki could be the most intriguing and exciting of Nottingham Forest’s many summer signings. Expect the odd long-range wondergoal, from a man who carries a goal threat from almost any position in and around the penalty area.