Status: 10.12.2023, 12:36 p.m.
By: Stefan Schmid
In the winter, the major attack on the transfer market is imminent. Eintracht could outsmart a Premier League club in the process.
Frankfurt – In the last transfer window, Eintracht Frankfurt recorded a transfer surplus of over 80 million euros. In winter, part of the money generated is to be reinvested. So far, this is also known to all players in the transfer market. It is therefore hardly surprising that a corresponding amount of rumours about the SBU are popping up. This is now also the case with Brazilian centre-back Nino, who was actually written to Nottingham Forest over a month ago.
New national player Nino probably in the focus of Frankfurt
Nino, a 26-year-old centre-back for Fluminense Rio de Janeiro, joins Thilo Kehrer and Berkay Yilmaz on the list of defenders in whom the SBU is said to have expressed interest. Sport1 reports that Frankfurt are said to be very interested in the new Brazil international.
On 22 November, Nino made his debut for the Brazilian national team and was allowed to defend against Lionel Messi for 33 minutes – that's how many minutes lay between Nino's substitution at half-time and the superstar's substitution. However, Nino's greatest success so far came in club football. Just a few weeks ago, on November 4, the Fluminense captain won the Copa Libertadores title.
Nino (right) presented the Copa Libertadores trophy with team-mate Felipe Melo at the Maracanã Stadium. © IMAGO/Daniel Castelo Branco
Despite his relatively young age, Nino can probably be seen as the leader of his team. For the 2022 season – the Brazilian league plays within a calendar year – he became the permanent captain of his team and remained so when a certain Marcelo joined the team at the beginning of this year.
Will Eintracht prevent a move to Nottingham?
The rumour about Nino and the SGE is therefore surprising, as his move to Nottingham Forest seemed to be already in the bag. But after the transfer was announced in the English and Brazilian media at the beginning of November, nothing has happened from the official side so far. At first, it was said that they wanted to wait for the final of the Copa Libertadores, but this is now a good deal in the past.
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So it could well be that Eintracht has thwarted the Premier League club's plans. A transfer of the central defender would definitely suit Dino Toppmöller's team. The certain serenity and leadership that can certainly be attributed to Nino would fit perfectly into a system that oscillates between a three-man and a four-man backline in defence. (sh)