Glasgow Rangers are interested in a deal to bring Japhet Matondo to Ibrox in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Football Scotland, who claim that, following Ross Wilson’s €3m (£2.5m) capture of Rabbi Matondo earlier this week, the sporting director has now turned his attention to the 21-year-old’s younger brother – 16-year-old Cardiff City winger, Japhet.
The report goes on to state that both Celtic and Leeds United are also keeping a watchful eye on the Wales U17 international ahead of a potential move of their own, while it is also claimed that the forward would cost Rangers just £130k in a cross-border compensation fee.
While Japhet is very much a less developed talent when compared to his older brother, should the 16-year-old go on to enjoy a similar start to his career in the professional game as Rabbi, Giovanni van Bronckhorst could well have a very exciting Matondo double act on his hands – if Wilson manages to get a deal for the Cardiff starlet over the line this summer.
Indeed, the £3.6m-rated Rabbi was in exceptional form over his 26 Jupiler Pro League appearances for Cercle Brugge last season, with the right-winger scoring nine goals, registering two assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.9 shots – 1.3 of which hit the target – making 0.9 key passes and completing 1.7 dribbles per game.
These returns saw the 11-cap Wales international average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.84, ranking him as Cercle’s sixth-best performer in the top flight of Belgian football last time out.
As such, should “teen talent” – in the words of Mark Hendry – Japhet be anywhere near as exciting a prospect as his 21-year-old brother, it is clear to see that, should Wilson indeed manage to get a £130k deal for the left winger done this summer, Rangers could well have formed the basis of their wide-attacking positions for the considerable future – something that is sure to be an extremely pleasing thought for the Ibrox faithful and Van Bronckhorst alike.