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Rangers: Ibrox side in talks over deal for 21-year-old forward

A big update has emerged on Glasgow Rangers and their pursuit of a deal to bring a winger to Ibrox in the summer transfer window… 

What’s the talk?

According to Wales Online, the Gers have entered talks over a deal to sign Rabbi Matondo from FC Schalke in the coming weeks, after Cercle Brugge opted against a €3.5m (£3m) swoop.

The report claims that both Old Firm giants are negotiating with the German club as Ross Wilson looks to snap the Wales international up ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

However, he is currently away on international duty with his country and this means that there is no rush to get anything done in the immediate future.

Gio van Bronckhorst needs him

The Gers must ensure that they are able to beat Celtic to his signature as the Ibrox head coach needs him badly to improve his options out wide.

Fashion Sakala, who also played as a striker at times, was the only winger with more than two goals (seven) in the Premiership last term. Scott Arfield (four) and Joe Aribo (eight) also played out wide at times but also played in central midfield and in the number 10 role, with the latter filling in as a false nine towards the end of the campaign.

Matondo has the ability in the final third to come in and provide a real goal threat from out wide, which would be a huge boost to van Bronckhorst’s squad.

He showed potential of being a top-class forward at youth level as he produced 11 goals and five assists in 32 games for Manchester City’s U23s, catching the eye of the first-team manager.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola previously praised the youngster as he said: “They (Schalke) are interested in another young player. I know how good he is, incredibly fast winger, and a young talent. This club is working so good.”

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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He has also been lauded by ex-Wales boss Ryan Giggs in the past, with the former Manchester United winger dubbing his pace as “electrifying“.

In 2021/22, Matondo finally showcased his quality at first-team level as he managed ten goals and two assists on loan at Cercle Brugge from Schalke.

These statistics, along with his youth form for City, suggest that he has the natural ability to make things happen with the ball in the final third.

Matondo has the quality to score goals and did so at an impressive rate for a winger during his spell in Belgium with Brugge.

Given the lack of consistent scorers from out wide in the current Gers squad, the Welshman – on paper – seems like a signing van Bronckhorst desperately needs. Hopefully, Wilson can now deliver the attacker to him before the end of the window…

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