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Rangers can land Scott Arfield upgrade this summer

The summer transfer window is open for another five weeks or so and it remains to be seen how busy Rangers will be in the market as they aim to improve the playing squad at Ibrox.

Ross Wilson has been hard at work over the last few weeks as players have come in and out of Rangers throughout July.

Joe Aribo has left the club to move south of the border and Calvin Bassey is set to join Ajax, whilst Antonio Colak, Rabbi Matondo and Tom Lawrence have all arrived in Glasgow.

Liverpool centre-back Ben Davies looks poised to join the trio to bolster Gio van Bronckhorst’s side, arriving in a £4m deal from the Premier League outfit.

One player the Gers have been recently linked with a swoop for is FSCB’s Romanian midfielder Darius Olaru. The Light Blues are reportedly keen on a swoop to sign the gem this summer and have been told that he will cost them a fee in the region of €10m (£8.5m).

Van Bronckhorst must secure a deal to sign him as he would be a big upgrade on veteran Scott Arfield in the middle of the park.

Olaru is an attacking midfielder and caught the eye last season with his ability to both score and create goals from a number 10 position. He ended the Liga 1 campaign with six goals and 12 assists in 36 outings, after managing seven goals and two assists in 26 outings in 2020/21.

Talent scout Jacek Kulig dubbed him one of a number of “interesting” young players in Romania and his form shows that he has been excelling in his home country.

At the age of 24, he also has plenty of time left ahead of him to develop and grow over time. This means that he would be an immediate upgrade on what Rangers have, whilst also being an investment for the future.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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He could offer far more to the team than Arfield, who struggled in the final third last season. The 33-year-old played 41 matches in the Premiership and Europa League combined and chipped in with four goals and zero assists – playing out wide on the right and in the number 10 role.

In that time, he missed a whopping 12 ‘big chances’ and only created two of them for his teammates. He offered very little at the top end of the pitch and his poor finishing let the team down far too many times, which is why the Gers should be looking to replace him.

Olaru, therefore, can come in and be a huge upgrade on him by providing a significant improvement in terms of goals and assists from midfield, if he is able to adapt to Scottish football.

AND in other news, GvB could land Bassey 2.0 in Rangers deal to sign “excellent” gem with “potential”…

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