Nottingham Forest broke the record for the number of recruits in England by registering 21 players for 162 million euros

This makes it the fifth biggest spending club in Europe. English clubs have again hit hard on the transfer market by paying nearly two billion euros in compensation. They monopolize the first five places of the most expensive teams in Europe. 

A top 5 where there is even a promoted: Nottingham Forest. Double winner of the Champions Cup (1979, 1980), the club made a strong comeback in the elite after 23 years of absence by spending 162 million euros and breaking the English record for the number of recruits (ahead of Crystal Palace and 17 rookies in 2013). A total of 21 players arrived this summer.

How could the central England team, stuck between Birmingham and Sheffield, spend more than European leaders against Barça or PSG? Thanks, mainly, to the significant windfall offered to the promoted who recover around 200 million euros in their coffers, including nearly 130 in TV rights. Nottingham was quick to act to strengthen a workforce cut off from many players in the comeback between the transfer of Brice Samba (Lens), the many loan returns and players at the end of the contract.

Active on all fronts

The generous economic benefits of promotion to the top flight cover investments, the largest of which concern midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White (€30m, Wolverhampton), Liverpool right-back Neco Williams (20) and Liverpool striker Union Berlin Taiwo Awoniyi (20.5).

The club have covered all fronts in England and abroad with the signings of Emmanuel Dennis (15, Watford), Orel Mangala (Stuttgart, 24), Giulian Biancone (10, Troyes), Moussa Niakhate (10, Mainz) , Lewis O’Brien (9.5, Huddersfield), Remo Freuler (9, Atalanta Bergamo), Omar Richards (8.5, Bayern Munich). He also signed some great deals with free players like Jesse Lingard and Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Aurier, 22nd recruit?

He has also concluded a few loans, including that of the Brazilian left-back of Atlético de Madrid, Renan Lodi or the central defender of Rennes Loïc Badé, who has a purchase option at 14.5 million euros. If Nottingham failed to recruit Belgian international Michy Batshuayi, the club may not have finished yet since Serge Aurier, free since leaving Villarreal, could soon sign up.

An armada for a priority objective: maintenance in the Premier League. “This recruitment does not guarantee anything, recently estimated Jamie Carragher, a former Liverpool player now a consultant on Sky Sports News. But it will cause real fear for other clubs. Forest is bringing players off the bench who cost 50 million euros, they have real strength in depth and that will be a big concern for teams who expect promoted teams to fall. I think Forest are going to seriously scare people off.”

For the moment, the effect is moderate since Steve Cooper’s men have won only one of their first five games and remain on a crushing defeat on the ground of Manchester City (6-0).

Nottingham Forest’s 21 recruits : Morgan Gibbs-White, Taiwo Awoniyi, Neco Williams, Emmanuel Dennis, Orel Mangala, Giulian Biancone, Moussa Niakhate, Lewis O’Brien, Remo Freuler, Omar Richards, Ui-jo Hwang (on loan to Olympiacos), Willy Boly, Harry Tofolo, Josh Bowler, Brandon Aguilera, Jesse Lingard, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Renan Lodi, Wayne Hennessey, Dean Henderson, Loïc Badé

Source: RMC Sport

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