Rangers‘ reported hopes of signing Antonio Colak this summer have been handed a boost, with PAOK seemingly willing to sell the striker amid interest from Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.
According to the Scottish Sun (7:58 am June 22), Rangers are keen to add to their attacking options this summer and the 28-year-old forward is wanted by van Bronckhorst.
The report claims that Rangers have already seen a bid for the frontman rejected, although it claims that the Greek Super League side are willing to offload him, which suggests that a deal could well be on the cards.
If Colak does sign for Rangers and proves to be a success, then supporters may well forgive him for ending their Champions League hopes last season.
While on loan at Malmo, the Croatian forward hit a quickfire double at Ibrox to consign the Gers to the Europa League, and while Rangers would subsequently reach the final before defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, those at the club would surely have preferred the financial benefits and experience of a spot in the Champions League group stages.
With Alfredo Morelos’ future at Rangers still in doubt, signing a striker should be a priority for van Bronckhorst this summer and Colak’s record in recent seasons suggests that he could be a quality acquisition at Ibrox.
Last season saw the forward make 40 appearances for Malmo in all competitions, in which he contributed an impressive 19 goals and three assists, including five goals in Champions League qualifying, so he could be the ideal man to fire the Gers to Europe’s elite competition next season.
He also chipped in with three goals and two assists for PAOK when returning, but it seems clear that the Greek side aren’t that keen on keeping him, and Colak could find his feet with a permanent move away.
Reports have suggested that Colak would be available for as little as £3m this summer, and with Cedric Itten having already departed for around half that, the Croatian shouldn’t be out of Rangers’ budget, so sporting director Ross Wilson should definitely consider bringing him in.
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