Forest’s Murillo transfer fee now an eye-watering £70m

According to The Athletic, a Murillo transfer fee in this summer's window will be at least £70m, should Nottingham Forest decide to sell him.

They only signed him for around £11m last summer, and could look to make a quick profit. However, the Tricky Trees would only likely get a figure close to £70m should they stay in the Premier League, as they are currently just three points above the relegation zone.

Arsenal are no strangers to the Brazilian market: David Klein / Sportimage – Photo by Icon sport

Murillo transfer fee: Who is likely to sign him?

For £70m, Forest would be pricing a lot of clubs out of the market in terms of trying to sign Murillo. In terms of the Premier League, only the traditional ‘big six' and perhaps Aston Villa and Newcastle United would likely be able to afford him.

Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked recently with a potential swoop for Murillo, who will still have four years left on his contract at the City Ground this summer after joining on a five-year deal from Corinthians in August. Nonetheless, it would not be a surprise to see other clubs come in for the central defender.

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The numbers don't lie…

Indeed, Murillo has averaged the most clearances (5.5), passes (46.2) and long balls (3.7) per game in the Premier League of any outfield Forest player so far this campaign, making 30 league appearances in total. At just 21 years of age, the Brazilian still has so much potential, going some way to justifying the figure demanded.

In terms of who is most likely to sign him, Arsenal could be one to watch given their sporting director and fellow Brazilian Edu has a habit of signing players from his home country – notably Gabriel, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus. Whether they would be willing to pay £70m is another question, but the Gunners are sure to have another healthy transfer kitty come the summer after another impressive season.

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