A worrying Rangers transfer claim has been made regarding their efforts to add a new winger to the squad at Ibrox…
The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell has poured cold water on the Gers’ chances of landing Andreas Skov Olsen from Bologna, although he has also revealed how much money it would take to prise him away from the Serie A club.
He tweeted: “Olsen unlikely with World Cup starting spot to protect – Bologna open to selling for £7-8m though.”
Campbell replied to a fan in the thread questioning why the deal is unlikely, saying: “It’s not my opinion, I’m just writing the info I have, but I’m not saying he is better staying on the bench. I’m saying he has options and it’s believed a bigger league is more likely as it will help his chances of retaining his place.”
He then added where the other interest in Olsen is coming from: “Italy, Spain the main ones I believe.”
Rangers fans will surely be frustrated with this news as it dampens the chances of Olsen arriving in Glasgow this month.
The Denmark international could be a terrific signing for the club, and supporters will not be pleased that it now appears as though Giovanni van Bronckhorst will need to look elsewhere in the market.
The 22-year-old has scored five goals and provided three assists in 10 World Cup qualifying matches for his country, showing the level of impact he can have at the top level from out wide, and this is why he could have been an excellent addition to the Light Blues’ squad.
However, as Campbell says, the allure of remaining in a top European league is the stumbling block for the Gers, and there is nothing they can do about that.
Unfortunately, for now at least, they always be behind the big leagues in Europe who have clubs competing at the very top level in the Champions League, such as the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, Rangers and Celtic – the two most successful clubs in Scotland – competed in this season’s Europa League.
Rangers may need to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League and potentially go further in order to show players that the standard is good enough for them to flourish in Glasgow. When that happens, they may be able to tempt players into rejecting an elite La Liga or Serie A club to join them.
This is why fans will be frustrated by this update and hoping that the situation will change in the coming years, and that Van Bronckhorst will lead the club into a position where they can attract top-tier talent.