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Neymar Jr of PSG, Giulian Biancone of Troyes during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and ESTAC Troyes at Parc des Princes stadium on May 8, 2022 in Paris, France.


Nottingham Forest are close to signing Troyes defender Giulian Biancone with the player is set to undergo a medical today (Saturday, July 2).

Nottinghamshire Live understands that the 22-year-old will have a medical ahead of a move to the City Ground in the coming hours. Biancone, who has played primarily as a right-back, but has also featured at centre-back and even left-back during his fledgling career, has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past two seasons, which could continue with a move to the Premier League.

The AS Monaco academy graduate was handed his debut for the Principality club by then-manager Thierry Henry during the tail end of their Champions League campaign in the autumn of 2018. Five more appearances followed that season, including a goalscoring debut in the now-defunct Coupe de la Ligue against Lorient in a round of 16 tie.

After breaking through into the senior set-up, Biancone was then loaned out to Monaco-owned Belgian club Cercle Brugge, who former Derby County boss Paul Clement coached for six months, for the best part of the next two seasons. 

Playing predominantly as a right-back, the young defender made 45 appearances and scored another two goals, as well as assisting a further three.

That form secured a transfer from Monaco to fellow Ligue 1 side Troyes, who are part of the City Football Group, which is headed by Manchester City, for a reported €2.5 million fee in 2021.

In his first full season playing in his homeland, the former French under-19 international racked up 33 appearances and also contributed at the other end with a goal against Lens and assists against Angers and Nice while mainly being fielded as a centre-back.

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