Mercato: threatened by a Red Devil, Brice Samba is popular in Ligue 1

Hero of Nottingham Forest’s rise to the Premier League but confronting the possible loss of his starting status due to his club’s interest in Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Brice Samba is tempted by a return to Ligue 1.

Brice Samba is considering a return to France.

Formed in Le Havre then passed by Olympique de Marseille, Nancy and Caen, Brice Samba has somewhat disappeared from the radar since 2019 and his departure for Nottingham Forest.

At 28, the goalkeeper nevertheless comes out of a very Russian season since he slightly participated in the Reds’ rise to the Premier League after 23 years of frustration.

Forest wants to extend it, but…

The Franco-Congolese has played 43 Championship games for 15 clean sheets and only 38 goals conceded. Above all, he distinguished himself by stopping three shots on goal during the semi-final second leg of the playoffs against Sheffield United (1-2, 3-2 on pens). Now, the native of Linzolo is coming to the end of his contract in a year and his leaders want to extend it for a year and at the same salary, but Samba does not necessarily hear it that way. Indeed, the goalkeeper deplores a lack of confidence on the part of the club and the impression of being underestimated, reports The Athletic. And we can understand it!

This Wednesday, journalist Fabrizio Romano tells us that the promoted has started discussions with Manchester United regarding the loan of goalkeeper Dean Henderson, with a fixed purchase option of around 23 million euros. And if the replacement for David De Gea, in search of playing time, arrives in Nottingham, it will clearly not be to sit on the bench…

Lens and Nantes in the ranks

Fortunately for him, Samba is not lacking in leads, especially in Ligue 1, where he could see himself returning. Recently, L’Equipe revealed that Lens inquired about their situation following the serious knee injury of Wuilker Fariez, who was set to become the No.1 goalkeeper next season. According to the Daily Mail, FC Nantes is also thinking of the former Marseillais to compensate for the possible departure of Alban Lafont, author of an XXL season. While waiting to know the price claimed by Forest, Samba therefore has two great options for a return to France. Due to his participation in the next Europa League and the lower competition for this position, one can imagine that the FCN will leave with an advantage if Lafont is sold.

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