Nottingham Forest complete club record transfer for Benfica’s Joao Carvalho

Forest blogger Lee Clarke is calling on fans to roar the team to Championship survival.
Forest blogger Lee Clarke is calling on fans to roar the team to Championship survival.

Nottingham Forest have signed Benfica’s Joao Carvalho for a club-record fee of £13.2m.

The deal also sees them complete a season-long loan deal for team-mate Diogo Goncalves.

Midfielder Carvalho, 21, played eight games for Benfica in 2017-18 and has signed a five-year contract.

Forest’s deal for winger Goncalves, also 21, includes an option to buy at the end of his loan spell.

The Portugal Under-21 pair have joined the Championship club after passing medicals on Thursday.

The deal for Carvalho eclipses Forest’s previous record transfer fee, which was for striker Britt Assombalonga, who joined from Peterborough for £5.5m in August 2014.