Nottingham Forest are set to complete the signing of Manchester City goalkeeper Arijanet Muric, according to Telegraph Sport‘s John Percy

The 20-year-old is highly-rated at the Etihad Stadium by Pep Guardiola, but he’s prepared to let him leave on loan to gain experience.

According to Albanian website Periskopi, the goalkeeper is edging closer to a move to the City Ground.

Muric made just five appearances for the Citizens last season, with them all coming in the Carabao Cup. He grabbed the headlines in the quarter-finals as he helped his side come through a penalty shoot-out against Leicester City.

Forest have Costel Pantilimon and Luke Steele as their current goalkeeping options for next season. Stephen Henderson was released but has since signed a contract at Premier League side Crystal Palace.

The Kosovo international began his youth career with spells at YF Juventus, Zürich and Grasshoppers before joining Manchester City. He has the potential to develop into a top goalkeeper.

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Muric was loaned to NAC Breda last season, but he was only able to play one game in the Eredivisie. This was because the loan was swiftly ended after Claudio Bravo picked up an injury.

 

Muric could become Sabri Lamouchi’s second signing of the summer if a deal can be struck early this week.

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It’s fair to say that this is a quality signing for Nottingham Forest.

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He may have only made a handful of appearances for Manchester City, but he is a highly-rated goalkeeper. The Reds have had to fend off a considerable amount of competition to secure his signature.

Costel Pantilimon did a good job for the Reds last season, but he isn’t a player whose place in the squad can’t be dislodged. He may have picked up 15 clean sheets, but a large number of fans remained unconvinced.

Muric will be better accustomed to the style of play that the Reds could end up deploying next season. Martin O’Neill’s direct style was heavily criticised by supporters, and Lamouchi is likely to implement a more attractive style.

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Distribution is something that Pantilimon often struggled with under Aitor Karanka. For that reason, Muric could well be considered an upgrade on the Romanian.

Manchester City certainly won’t be loaning Muric out to be a number two somewhere else. They’ll want him to be playing regular first team football.

At the same time, it would be harsh to drop Pantilimon from the side when he has done very little wrong.

It will be one of the more difficult decisions for Lamouchi to make.