According to The Manchester Evening News, Nottingham Forest have won the race for Manchester City goalkeeper Aro Muric.

Back in May, we broke the news that North End were looking to land Muric on loan. Having established strong links with City, Muric was eyed as an upgrade in goal.

Lukas Nmecha and Brandon Barker both spent last season on loan at Deepdale, in somewhat up-and-down campaigns. Preston had hoped that the ties to City would secure Muric’s signature.

However, Forest recently joined the race. Martin O’Neill and goalkeeping coach Ian Bennett recently went to watch the Kosovo ace in international action, and were suitably impressed.

Manchester City’s Aro Muric. (Photo by Tom Flathers/Man City via Getty Images)

Now, it’s sadly believed that Forest have indeed won the race for Muric, beating Preston to his signature. They’ll take Muric on loan for the season, and leave North End reeling.

It’s honestly a little surprising to see City send Muric to Forest. Yes, they’re a bigger club, and the added pressure may add to his development. O’Neill’s style of football is attritional to say the least tough, a massive departure from City’s style.

North End at least try and play out from the back under Alex Neil, and Muric could have really built himself up in that approach before heading back to play for Pep Guardiola.

Instead, he’ll be heading to the City Ground. This is a major blow for North End, who had wanted the 6ft 6in youngster to become first-choice goalkeeper.

Neil and co must now look elsewhere for another goalkeeper to bring in this summer. A new first-choice should be signed, and Muric appeared to fit the bill perfectly, but won’t be heading to Deepdale.

North End still have an interest in another City talent in Luka Ilic, but whether that move goes through remains to be seen.

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