Inter and Nottingham Forest in the race to sign Monza star Carlos Augusto this summer. The Reds is on the lookout for a left-back as their chances of signing Renan Lodi may fade due to Inter presence.
According to the Daily Mail, the Reds were getting contingency plans in place should Renan Lodi not return. Forest would love to re-sign the Brazilian permanently but a move to sign him once again seems somewhat complicated.
Now, Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Inter are ahead of Forest in the race to sign the in-form defender. However, he’s not a concrete target at the City Ground, whilst Inter do see him as a primary option to fill their left-back void.
His recent form has prompted clubs to show an interest. During the 2022/23 campaign, he scored six goals and registered five assists as Monza finished in a decent 11th place.
Augusto has been with the Italian outfit since 2020. He checked in from Corinthians and has grown as a player since starting on his European adventure.
Forest will almost certainly need to sign a left-back this summer. Harry Toffolo was the backup to Lodi last season, with Omar Richards set to return for pre-season training.
Cooper will go in search of an attacking full-back if he can’t get Lodi again. Augusto has largely played as a wing-back for Monza and he looks to fit that criteria nicely.
Inter ahead of Forest in Augusto race
It’s a shame that the beaten Champions League finalists are ahead of Forest. The player looks like he could be a decent alternative to Lodi, with the man who spent last season on loan at the City Ground likely to go elsewhere.
Augusto had a great season last season. Monza enjoyed a respectable Serie A campaign and was one of the better left-backs in an attacking sense.
The Serie A giants lost 1-0 to Manchester City in the Champions League Final last night. Next season, they will aim to go one further and clearly, the club feels Augusto can help them with that.
Monza boss Raffaele Palladino is a huge fan of Augusto. He called him ‘extraordinary’ back in April and it appears that he’s set for a bright future.
Forest would dearly love to add Augusto to their ranks if they can’t get Lodi. However, this latest update seemingly implies that they’re fighting a losing battle, with Inter poised to get their man.