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Arsenal to target Nottingham Forest star

Arsenal are among a host of clubs targeting a Nottingham Forest star as they battle financial woes.

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Nottingham Forest wants to sign Marquinhos

As the summer transfer window approaches, Arsenal are said to be among several clubs monitoring the situation of a standout Nottingham Forest star, and the Gunners could target him in the months ahead.

21-year-old defender Murillo has impressed on the biggest stage since joining Nottingham Forest in a £10.5m deal from Brazilian side Corinthians late last August, having played 27 games already during his short time in England, which is the same number that he had made in his entire senior career in Brazil.

Nottingham Forest’s financial struggles have been well documented in recent months, and Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have recently been given a four-point deduction owing to a breach of the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules (PSR).

The relegation-threatened side will be desperate to keep hold of the Brazilian next season, but their current situation could force owner Evangelos Marinakis to consider sanctioning his sale should a suitable offer be tabled.

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Reports suggest that at a minimum, Nottingham Forest will hold out for a fee in excess of £50m, a price that they deem to be more than fair for a young player of such talent and potential.

If Arsenal were to sign the Nottingham Forest star, he would be the Gunners’ fourth left-footed defender, offering crucial and very high-quality depth to the side, with Jakub Kiwior currently the only cover for both left-back and left-centre-back.

Mikel Arteta’s side are not alone in the race for Murillo, however, with Chelsea and Liverpool both also said to be very keen on signing the young star.

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