Rangers have missed out on transfer target Alhassan Yusuf after it was revealed that he is set to join Belgian Pro League side Royal Antwerp, which is undoubtedly a blow to Steven Gerrard at Ibrox given his obvious potential.
Rangers were linked with a move for the 20-year-old midfielder recently, with his impressive performances at IFK Goteborg in Sweden attracting the interest of sides across Europe.
However, it was revealed last week that Goteborg have reached an agreement with Royal Antwerp for his transfer, with The Athletic’s Rangers correspondent Jordan Campbell suggesting that they paid just €1.5m (£1.3m) for his services. That means that he could have been a bargain option for Gerrard at Ibrox.
Campbell wrote about the Nigerian youngster on Twitter, saying:
“An absolute steal at around €1.5m. He was someone I profiled as being a good fit for Rangers in our Sensible Transfers series last summer. No doubt he’ll be in a top 5 league in a couple of years.”
Although Rangers are well-stocked in central-midfield, Glen Kamara has been heavily linked with a move away from Ibrox this summer, whilst Steven Davis will turn 37 next season, which suggests that a young midfielder in the mould of Yusuf could have been a sensible addition for the Gers to make.
Yusuf was certainly highly rated by those at Goteborg, with chief scout Olle Sultan singing his praises last year, saying:
“I have believed in him very much all the time. He has learned on the way to becoming less naive. The touch is very nice and he is always so oriented and has such control on the ball. The press game is good and he is aggressive. When he eventually gets a little more power, he will be a good ball winner as well. In addition, he is a great guy who flows into the group nicely.
“A ball winner and game genius in one. There’s a bit to learn, that’s it, but he can really be great.”
Therefore, it seems clear that Yusuf would have been an excellent, affordable option for the future at Rangers, and Gerrard should be disappointed that Ross Wilson didn’t act sooner in order to bring him to Ibrox.