Report: Maurizio Sarri blocked Nottingham Forest’s deal for Luis Maximiano

Nottingham Forest were denied the opportunity to sign Lazio goalkeeper Luis Maximiano during the January transfer window.

The Reds wanted to sign the Portuguese player for £8 million, but manager Maurizio Sarri pulled the plug, according to Citta Celeste.

Forest was in desperate need of a goalkeeper during the January transfer window. Dean Henderson was injured, with Wayne Hennessey the only senior stopper.

Forest loved Maximiano
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The Reds had identified Maximiano as a potential option. The 24-year-old has been at Lazio since July, when he arrived from Granada.

It hasn’t been a great move for the goalkeeper, having only played six times during 2022/23.

As a result, the club were willing to let him go in January, but Sarri had other ideas and wanted him to continue.

However, the summer could present another opportunity and Lazio could let him go during a window in which they can sign a replacement.

Maximiano has done well during his rare chances to shine at Lazio. He has kept four clean sheets in his six appearances, conceding just three times.

Sarri is a bit of a taskmaster. Clearly the board would never risk his wrath and it makes sense why he wanted to keep it.

Lazio is second in the table and is fighting for a place in the Champions League. As a result, losing his backup goalkeeper wouldn’t make much sense.

Forest denies the possibility of signing Maximiano

The Serie A club was willing to sell the player for the £8m it paid for him in January.

Maximiano is eager to play more football and was keen to leave the Rome-based giants early.

Forest loved Maximiano
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Summer can be very different. In fact, if Forest can avoid relegation, the 24-year-old could be a very decent signing for the club.

Maximiano has also played for Sporting Lisbon and has represented his country at youth level.

Sarri may have prevented the goalkeeper from joining the Reds in January, but he will remain on the list before the summer window.

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