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Kieran Tierney deal proves Borna Barisic should be a Rangers record-breaker

It’s easy to see why Borna Barisic would be attracted by the prospect of a move to AS Roma.

The thriving full-back has emerged as a target for the Serie A giants, per Sunday Post, and the club are willing to dig deep to secure his signature.

Roma are one of the most prestigious clubs in Italy, boasting a rich history of success and regular involvement in Europe’s elite knockout competition, while the attraction of the capital city speaks for itself.

But from Rangers’ perspective a mid-season sale of a vital cog in their machine is bordering on unthinkable with an SPFL title firmly in Steven Gerrard’s sights.

In response to the report, Charlie Nicholas has suggested a deal worth £7m or £8m “wouldn’t be a bad return”, per Daily Express (via Daily Record). A sale in that region, however, would be a gross undervaluation under the circumstances.

From Barisic’s electric form this season, which has seen him provide 13 assists across all competitions, to Rangers’ need for stability at a crucial juncture in their perpetual progress under Gerrard, there are a multitude of reasons to suggest the club would be well within their rights to demand a record-breaking fee for the Croatia international.

But perhaps the most pertinent slice of evidence lies within Celtic’s transfer business in the 2019 summer window, with the £25m sale of Kieran Tierney setting a benchmark for Scotland’s behemoth clubs.

The largest fee Rangers have ever received for a player was back in 2008 when Tottenham Hotspur swooped to secure Alan Hutton in a £9m deal. Twelve years later, however, it’s fair to say Rangers are in a commanding position to receive a fee well in excess of that.

In the Premier League we have already seen Manchester City’s transfer exploits setting the benchmark.

The signing of Kyle Walker for £50m in 2016 set a new standard in English football which has since seen Manchester United also fork out £50m to secure Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

One deal can put the power into the selling team’s hands, and Celtic’s sale of Tierney could do exactly that for the Gers. After all, Barisic, like Tierney, is also a full international and a stark defensive player who can also influence the game in the final third.

The 27-year-old’s struggle to hit the ground running last season suggests he hasn’t proven his credentials over a lengthy period of time, but add in a January premium and it’s fair to say Rangers have every right to point to the activity of their Glasgow rivals as justification to command a massive fee for Barisic.

How much is Barisic worth?

£10m-£15m

£10m-£15m

£15-£20m

£15-£20m

£20m+

£20m+

Everyone at Ibrox will be eager to hold onto a player who has been transformed in the 2019/20 season, but if they are forced onto the negotiating table the sale of Celtic’s formerly cherished left-back should enable them to leverage a record fee.

It will be intriguing to see exactly how deep Paulo Foncesca is willing to dig in this emerging pursuit.

Article title: Kieran Tierney deal proves Borna Barisic should be a Rangers record-breaker

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