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Rangers eyeing swoop to sign £4.6m midfielder

An update has emerged regarding Glasgow Rangers‘ plans for the remainder of the summer transfer window… 

What’s the talk?

According to Belgian outlet La Libre, the Light Blues are eyeing a swoop to sign central midfielder Nicolas Raskin from Standard Liege before next week’s deadline.

The report claims that the player has rejected a transfer to domestic rivals Club Brugge, as he would like to leave Belgium to play abroad.

It is stated that he has one year left to run on his current contract with Standard Liege, who are demanding €5.5m (£4.6m) for his services.

Glen Kamara 2.0

Earlier this month, Glen Kamara was left out of the Rangers squad to face Hibernian amid interest from Ligue 1 club Nice and a number of teams from the Premier League.

The Finland international is seemingly being eyed up by a host of clubs heading into the final days of the transfer window, and it remains to be seen whether or not the Light Blues will keep hold of him.

Should Rangers sign Raskin?

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Gio van Bronckhorst could find Kamara 2.0 by working with Ross Wilson to secure a deal to sign Raskin before next Thursday’s deadline.

Both players are versatile central midfielders with the quality to win the ball back and make things happen in the final third.

In the Premiership last term, the Rangers ace averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.01 across 31 appearances, making 1.7 tackles and interceptions, winning 54% of his duels and providing 1.3 key passes per match. He played as a number six, eight, and ten during this time, which shows that he was trusted in multiple midfield roles.

Talent scout Jacek Kulig claimed that Raskin is “the future” of Belgian football and is “brilliant” in a number six or number eight berth, which suggests that he would offer a similar level of versatility to the Gers in comparison to the Finnish gem.

In the Pro League last season, the 21-year-old made 3.3 tackles and interceptions and made 0.8 key passes per match, creating four ‘big chances’ in total. He has stepped his creativity up for the 2022/23 campaign, as he is currently playing 1.4 key passes and making 2.6 tackles and interceptions per game, averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.02.

Therefore, the Belgian could be Kamara 2.0 for the Gers by coming in as a midfielder capable of playing in several positions, whilst consistently offering quality defensively and creatively, making an impact from box to box.

Raskin is also five years younger than the Light Blues midfielder and has time on his side to continue developing and honing his skills over the years, which means that he could be a short- or long-term replacement for the ex-Arsenal midfielder, depending on what happens to him in the final week of the transfer window.

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