Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been handed a fresh transfer twist over his side’s pursuit of Pablo Torre.
Reports in recent days had suggested that the Ibrox side had made an enquiry for the Racing Santander starlet over a potential move in this month’s January transfer window.
However, they now look set for a major blow.
According to Spanish publication La Razon, Real Socieded have emerged as the latest suitors for the 18-year-old midfielder, with La Liga giants Real Madrid and Valencia also following in his footsteps.
Crucially though, it’s added that Sociedad have now moved into the driving seat for Torre, with the fact they have a B team in the second tier of Spanish football giving him a better chance of playing at a higher level than he is right now.
While Torre might not be a household name just yet, there’s no questioning that he’s a player of immense potential at just 18.
In a player profile done by Football Talent Scout, they said: “(A) player with very good technical ability, mobility, 1vs1 short-dribbling skills, close ball control, and fast direction shifts in possession. (He) knows how to dictate tempo using his good vision, passing ability at all distances and natural technique to create dynamism on the team’s build-up process.”
What will have Gers fans fuming though is the fact that the club appear to be dilly-dallying over their chase for the Spanish teenager, with reports earlier claiming they had made that enquiry over signing him.
It was almost inevitable that other clubs would enter the race to sign Torre, and it now appears that Sociedad have gazumped them at a time when it looked like they could have a clear path.
The Gers simply needed to be more decisive and quicker off the blocks.