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Rangers: Van Bronckhorst must seal Joe Aribo heir in Olaru

There has been a development regarding Rangers‘ reported interest in bringing midfielder Darius Olaru to Ibrox.

What’s the word?

As per Pro Sport (via the Daily Record), Steaua Bucharest’s owner Gigi Becali has insisted that the club will not contemplate a departure for the 24-year-old Rangers target until after their Europa Conference League qualifying fate has been sealed.

Having been asked about a potential £5m offer from the Ibrox side, Becali stated: “Who wants to give this money? Rangers? I am not discussing Olaru now. An offer may also come today from Real Madrid, from Barcelona and offer me anything. I don’t argue. Olaru is not for sale now.

“From Friday we resume the discussions, let’s see how we will be then. But for now, no one is leaving, no one is coming. Let us get into groups and then we will discuss differently. Maybe a player will leave, but I will certainly bring reinforcements so that we can face it on all levels.”

The Romania international has been linked with a move to Glasgow in recent weeks, with one report suggesting that he could command a fee closer to around €10m (£8.4m).

Aribo heir

The six-cap menace is attracting attention following his impressive form for his current side of late, having scored 17 goals and provided 18 assists in 93 games for the club thus far in all competitions.

That tally included a haul of six goals and 12 assists from the 2021/22 campaign, with the £4.95m-rated playmaker – who can operate in a central midfield role or in a more attacking berth – showcasing his clear creative threat in recent times.

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Previously likened to Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne, the 5 foot 10 gem has also been named as one of many “exciting” talents that Bucharest have at their disposal by talent scout Jacek Kulig.

His arrival could seemingly help fill the void left behind by the departed Joe Aribo, with the Nigeria international having opted to join Premier League side Southampton on a £10m deal this summer after three years with the Ibrox outfit.

The 26-year-old had proven himself a hugely reliable and versatile presence for the Scottish Premiership outfit during that impressive stint, scoring 26 goals and providing 25 assists in 148 games in all competitions.

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Much like Olaru, the former Charlton man is a central midfielder by trade but can also thrive in a more advanced role, having been dubbed “very dynamic” by manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst last season.

His exit has also left the Dutchman’s side somewhat unbalanced, with the former Feyenoord boss likely to be keen on bringing in another left-footed asset, such as Olaru, to offer a different option to the Gers midfield.

While the former Gaz Metan man may not come cheap – and while his future may rest on Bucharest’s European voyage – he could seemingly prove to be a potential heir to Aribo, with Van Bronckhorst’s side perhaps in need of another creative spark.

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