A major update has emerged about Rangers ace Borna Barisic, regarding interest from a Premier League side this week.
According to a major update from Football Insider, Leeds are interested a swoop for the Rangers left-back as Marcelo Bielsa looks to improve his squad ahead of the 2020/21 Premier League season. The report claims that Leeds have prioritised the signing of a left-back this summer and that they are eyeing a deal for Barisic to bolster their team.
Rangers’ stance remains unclear and Barisic is under contract at Ibrox until 2024. Leeds reportedly watched Barisic in action against England for Croatia on Sunday as he started at left-back for his country.
Back in 2019, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard hailed the “outstanding” full-back after an impressive display against Feyenoord in Europe. Gerrard said that he is respected within the dressing room and is used to playing in big matches for club and country. He told Rangers’ official Twitter account:
“Borna was outstanding last night, he is the Croatian left-back and he is used to these high-pressure games.
“He is very highly respected by the staff and in the dressing room.”
Rangers director of football Ross Wilson could be facing a disaster after this update. The Premier League could be a big draw for players, as it a high-level competition and allows players to test themselves against the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Bruno Fernandes and plenty of other talented stars.
The Croatian international may not have many more opportunities to seal a move to a top-five league at the age of 28. He is not a young up-and-comer, like Ryan Kent (24), who still has plenty of years ahead of him to play in the Premier League. This means that he may not want to pass up the chance to seal a transfer to Leeds if the opportunity arises this summer, which could be a huge blow for Rangers as it would place Wilson in the difficult position of sourcing a replacement.
The £18k-per-week beast enjoyed a terrific season in the Scottish Premiership for Rangers. He averaged an excellent WhoScored rating of 7.35 in 30 starts for Rangers, with only four of his teammates managing better scores throughout the campaign.
Barisic was Rangers’ most creative outlet in the league, with 2.2 key passes per game and this shows that he was as important in attack as he was in defence for Gerrard’s side. Therefore, losing him could be a massive blow if Leeds are able to snap him up this summer.