There has been an update regarding the future of Rangers striker, Fashion Sakala…
As per journalist Jordan Campbell – in his piece for The Athletic – Championship side Burnley have walked away from a deal for the Zambia international, despite having been tipped to make a £3m approach in recent days.
The report suggests that the Turf Moor outfit were only willing to fork out between £2m-£4m to land the 25-year-old, with that figure seemingly below the Old Firm giants’ asking price.
The suggestion is that Vincent Kompany’s side had ‘enquired’ about the forward’s availability, although ‘no discussions’ were had with the Glasgow side, with the Clarets now signing Southampton youngster Nathan Tella on loan instead.
That collapse should no doubt be a source of frustration for manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst, with it having looked an ideal chance to cash in on a player who has appeared on the fringes since his appointment back in November.
While the former Oostende ace scored a respectable haul of 12 goals in 50 games in all competitions last term, he was restricted to just 18 starts in that time, with the former Feyenoord boss seemingly favouring other attacking options.
That has been evident in the new season as the 5 foot 10 menace is yet to make a single appearance for the Scottish Premiership side thus far, albeit with Campbell’s report revealing that he had been nursing a slight injury of late.
Even so, it still remains unclear what the future lies in store for the £8.3k-per-week man should he stay with the Gers beyond this summer, having admitted himself that the manager does not view him as a viable centre-forward option – despite having been signed to play that role last year.
His versatility to play on the flanks is no doubt a valuable asset, although with both Tom Lawrence and Rabbi Matondo having arrived in the current window it has only enhanced the competition for places, with Sakala facing a real battle for regular minutes both as a number nine and as a wide option.
Having been shunted down the pecking order, a departure could well have been what was needed for the electric speedster, with the one-time Spartak Moscow man unlikely to be best pleased at residing on the bench this season.
As for Van Bronckhorst, he may well have seen the benefit in bringing in a tidy profit on a player who was signed on a free transfer last summer and who is unlikely to be a regular pick moving forward.