If you’re signing one player from Benfica then you may as well sign two. That’s a plan Nottingham Forest appear to be sticking to as they look to get a couple of deals over the line.
On Saturday we covered reports from Portugal that Alfa Semedo would be moving to the Championship club on loan. He’d previously been interesting Middlesbrough, and last week Wigan Athletic got close to a deal, but Forest pushed ahead of the competition and agreed a move.
It’s been made very clear that Semedo will be moving on loan with no purchase clause.
Yuri Ribeiro was then pulled into the situation, and on Sunday the claims stated he could either move on loan or on a permanent deal. Monday’s edition of Record explains the fullback will be signing permanently for Nottingham Forest.
However, they say Benfica will retain 50% of his rights. Third party ownership isn’t allowed in English football, so that will mean they’ve secured 50% of a future transfer fee, like a sell-on clause.
Both players arrived in England on Sunday, according to the claims, and have already begun their medical tests.
It’s thought the signings will be made official today.