Nottingham Forest have tabled an opening offer for PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Sangare.
Ibrahim Sangare, 25, has been a vital cog in PSV Eindhoven’s engine room since arriving from French club Toulouse in 2020, racking up 133 appearances so far. He made 29 league appearances during the recently-concluded 2022/23 season, registering five goals and an assist, as PSV finished runners-up to Feyenoord in the Eredivisie.
The Ivory Coast international’s performances haven’t gone unnoticed, with Premier League clubs such as Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs all previously keeping tabs on him. Sangare is reportedly now an ambitious target for Nottingham Forest in this transfer window, having been on the club’s radar for over a year but was priced out of a move last summer.
Having signed a new contract with PSV last year that runs until the summer of 2027, the 25-year-old defensive midfielder is valued upwards of £ 30 million by the Dutch giants.
Ibrahim Sangare would be an upgrade over Jonjo Shelvey
Jonjo Shelvey signed for Forest in January, having spent seven years at Newcastle United. The former England international only made eight appearances for Steve Cooper’s side last season, failing to become a regular starter for the Midlands outfit. And there are chances of the 31-year-old leaving the Reds after just seven months amidst interest from Championship clubs.
Forest don’t possess great quality in midfield, and Shelvey potentially leaving means Steve Cooper must definitely try bringing in at least a couple of solid midfielders. PSV Eindhoven star Ibrahim Sangare would be a brilliant addition to Cooper’s side and elevate their midfield.
Sangare was among PSV’s best performers last season, scoring eight goals and assisting three times across 45 total appearances. A defensive midfielder by trade, the 25-year-old excels in winning the ball back and recycling it as well as initiating attacks from deep. A tenacious tackler, he would add the much-needed layer of protection Forest’s defence barely had this past season.
The Ivorian is exactly the type of player Forest should be looking to bring to the City Ground. If the Tricky Trees sign Sangare alongside a quality box-to-box midfielder, then there’s no reason why Cooper and co. can’t improve as a team after narrowly escaping from the jaws of relegation.
That being said, Forest should be going all out to sign Sangare as there will not be any better value for money to be had in the market right now. He would be an astute addition to the current Forest squad.
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