Friday, September 29, 2023

Nottingham Forest agree fee for Argentina’s World Cup final penalty shootout hero

Nottingham Forest have agreed a £9.5million fee with Sevilla for Gonzalo Montiel, talkSPORT understands.

Despite signing a whopping 30 players last season, Steve Cooper’s side have continued to dip into the market for fresh faces.

Montiel scored the winning penalty for Sevilla in the Europa League finalGetty

And did it on the biggest stage of all with ArgentinaAFP

Chris Wood, Ola Aina, Anthony Elanga and Matt Turner have all completed moves to the City Ground this summer.

Forest did well to survive relegation in their first season back in the Premier League last term.

They will be looking to climb further up the table this time round and are now looking to bring in World Cup winning quality.

A fee has been agreed with Sevilla for their right-back Montiel, who has been at the club since 2021.

He has made 72 appearances for the La Liga side and scored twice, although is most known for his efforts with Argentina.

Montiel was tasked with taking the crucial penalty to win them the World Cup in the final shootout against France in Qatar.

The 26-year-old made no mistake from the spot to cement he and his teammates’ status as legends of Argentinian football.

His penalty unsurprisingly sparked jubilant scenes from Lionel Messi and co. as they got their hands on the biggest prize of all.

Montiel’s penalty won the country their third ever World Cup titleGetty

Montiel could now be set to swap La Liga for the Premier League, a move to that would see him face his fellow World Cup winners.

Lisandro Martinez and Cristiano Romero, also defenders, both star for Manchester United and Tottenham respectively.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was key for Argentina, as was Chelsea’s Enzo Fernandez.

Liverpool midfielder Alexis Mac Allister proved crucial in the final too, with Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez also featuring.

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