Nottingham Forest have entered the race to sign Levante UD defender Chema Rodríguez, according to Cadena SER.
The 27-year-old defender only has a year remaining on his contract, so may be available on the cheap. The Reds have already shown that they do have money to spend this summer.
Rodríguez has spent his whole career playing in Spain and if he does join the Reds, it would be a new challenge for him. He has previously played for Elche B, Atlético Madrid C and B, Alcorćon and most recently Levante.
The 27-year-old is very comfortable on the ball and played a pivotal role in Levante’s promotion back to La Liga in the 2016/17 campaign.
Since then, Rodríguez has fallen down the pecking order at the Ciutat de València. Paco López has strengthened his squad this summer with a number of defensive additions. He now deems Rodríguez as surplus to requirements and would be willing to sell him.
Ligue 1 side Stade Brestois 29 are also said to be interested in the defender. At this stage, it’s unknown just how serious both sides’ ‘interest’ in Rodríguez is.
According to Cadena SER, the Reds have ‘burst into force’ by offering more money for the defender, both in terms of transfer fee and wages.
Interestingly, Rodríguez does have the ability to play as a right-back, although he has predominantly played as a centre-back. This versatility would give the Reds another option in the full-back position.
The addition of Carl Jenkinson earlier today from Arsenal has made another defensive recruitment less of a priority, but Rodríguez wouldn’t be a bad addition.
However, the Reds would be better off turning the attention elsewhere ahead of tomorrow’s deadline.