PSR deadline, Murillo interest, signing due - Nottingham Forest await fall of transfer dominoes

Nottingham Forest head coach Nuno Espirito Santo
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June 30 was always going to be a key date in the summer transfer window, especially for Nottingham Forest.

The Reds were docked four points last season for breaching Profitability and Sustainability Rules. They do not want a repeat scenario in 2024/25.

The end of the month represents the cut-off for the next PSR assessment period. Forest went into this transfer window aware they needed to raise funds before that date, with the suggestion they would need to raise roughly £20 million profit to comply with their permitted losses.

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According to The Telegraph, the sales of Moussa Niakhate and Orel Mangala to Lyon “should be enough” for the Reds to avoid another PSR breach. Niakhate is said to have cost the French outfit £20m, while Mangala is close to making the move there on a permanent basis after his loan stint in the second half of last term.

The June 30 deadline effectively created a mini transfer window for Premier League clubs. With that out of the way, and with squads due back in early July, activity might start stepping up in the coming weeks - although it would be no surprise if any major flurry of business comes towards the end of the window.

Teams have until 11pm on August 30 to get deals done. Where Forest are concerned, the exits of Mangala and Niakhate are likely to have a knock-on effect for Murillo.

Funds raised means pressure eased over potentially having to consider a cut-price deal for the Brazilian before the PSR deadline. Should they wish, the Reds would no doubt now be able to play hard-ball with any suitors for the centre-back.

Chelsea and Juventus have already shown their hands to some extent, but Murillo has no shortage of admirers. It would be no surprise if other clubs test the water at some point, but Forest should now be in a stronger position to weigh up any offers on their own terms.

Whether the 21-year-old stays or goes could well have an impact on any assessment of Nuno Espirito Santo’s defensive options. It is an area in need of strengthening regardless, but should Murillo also depart it might change the number of new centre-backs required. Ensuring sufficient strength in depth across the pitch is important.

There will be a transfer domino effect in the Reds’ goalkeeping department, too, amid a reshuffle between the posts. Once Carlos Miguel’s expected transfer from Corinthians goes through, that would pave the way for departures.

Forest could bring in another keeper beyond Miguel, to join the Brazilian and Matz Sels as three senior stoppers on the books. Meanwhile, Matt Turner and Odysseas Vlachodimos could both head in the opposite direction this summer, having struggled to convince since joining the club 12 months ago.

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