Orel Mangala, Nottingham Forest’s Belgium international midfielder, is the subject of an offer in the region of £30million from Lyon.
Lyon, currently third from bottom of Ligue 1, see Mangala, 25, as a player who can help to re-establish them among the leading teams in France.
If accepted, the proposal would mean Forest almost trebling the money they paid to recruit Mangala in a £10.5m deal from Stuttgart 18 months ago.
The timing is not ideal for Forest, who play Arsenal at the City Ground tonight, but Mangala’s potential availability has been known for some weeks and he was previously attracting interest from Napoli.
Reports in France suggest Lyon have raised the proposal in the knowledge that Forest are under a certain amount of pressure to raise some money through the transfer market in light of being charged with a breach of profitability and sustainability regulations. Lyon believe the player is keen to join them.
It leaves Forest weighing up whether they can make do without Mangala while potentially putting some of the money to good use before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Mangala has been one of the team’s most consistent performers this season, but has not always been an automatic starter since Nuno Espirito Santo took over from Steve Cooper as head coach last month.
If Forest decide to cash in, it would be the second highest fee they have ever received for one of their players, behind only the £47.5m that Tottenham Hotspur paid for Brennan Johnson at the start of the season.
On that basis, it would be a deal that shows Forest can be run in a sustainable manner, selling players for considerable profit, and that will inevitably make it tempting in the current climate.
Mangala helped Forest retain their Premier League status last season during their first campaign in England’s top division for 24 years.
He has started in 18 of Forest’s 21 league matches this season, operating as a deep-lying midfielder.
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