An update has emerged on Rangers and their chances of bringing a new midfield talent to Ibrox in the upcoming summer transfer window…
According to a Spanish outlet, via the Daily Record, Xavi Simons is yet to agree on a new contract with PSG as he wants assurances over his game time heading into the 2022/23 campaign.
The Gers and Barcelona have both been linked with a move for the midfielder this year and will now be on alert as he looks to potentially leave the Ligue 1 team on a free transfer, with this news coming as a boost to both teams.
By snapping Simons up, Gio van Bronckhorst can find the club’s new Hagi as the PSG man is another talented, young, European, attacking midfielder.
The Romania international joined the Light Blues from Genk as a youngster and has provided 15 goals and 21 assists in 85 games for the Gers to date. He has shown that he can make things happen at the top end of the pitch as he has developed since making the move to Scotland.
In Simons, Rangers can find another up-and-coming magician with the ability to make a big impact in the final third.
Fabrizio Romano once described the 19-year-old as “more than a talent” and his form for PSG’s youth teams illustrate why he is so highly rated.
In 13 outings for the academy, the Dutchman produced six goals and six assists – with four goals and six assists in just seven UEFA Youth League games. This shows that – like Hagi – he has the ability to both score and create goals from midfield.
He was rewarded for this form by being handed opportunities in the first team by Mauricio Pochettino. The gem ended the 2021/22 campaign with six Ligue 1 appearances, playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for the French giants, and has now played 11 senior matches for the club.
At the age of 19, this experience can be crucial for his development as he knows now what it takes to play at the very top level and has been able to watch the aforementioned players train, potentially learning from them.
Van Bronckhorst and Ross Wilson will now be hoping that the player decides to part ways with PSG – opening the door for him to come and be the new Hagi for the Gers at Ibrox.