He has sanctioned the sales of two key first-team players in Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey, whilst strengthening the squad with the signings of Antonio Colak, Rabbi Matondo, Tom Lawrence, John Souttar, Ridvan Yilmaz, Malik Tillman, and Ben Davies.
Another player who has been linked with an exit from Gio van Bronckhorst’s squad is Zambia international Fashion Sakala. Burnley were reportedly willing to pay up to £4m before moving on to other targets this month.
Pete O’Rourke recently reacted to the news and suggested that it may be the player pushing for a move, saying: “I think it’s probably maybe more Sakala’s looking for an exit.
“He’s maybe seen his path to the first team at Ibrox blocked with the incomings this summer of Colak and the boy from Germany who’s of Bayern Munich, Tillman. So maybe he’s thinking he might not get many first-team opportunities at the club this year.
“Maybe he thinks best to go out and play regular first-team football.”
The winger has not played a single minute of competitive action for Rangers this season – making the bench in four of the five games so far – and cashing in on the outcast may be the best option for all parties involved.
If Sakala is not happy with his game time, or lack thereof, and van Bronckhorst does not deem him good enough to be a regular in the team then replacing him could make a lot of sense.
One player the Light Blues have been linked with who could come in to replace the Zambian is FCSB midfielder Darius Olaru.
By signing the 24-year-old, van Bronckhorst could sanction the sale of Sakala as he would not be left short-changed if a raft of injuries left him in need of another attacking option.
The gem, who is available for a fee in the region of €10m (£8.5m), has had a difficult start to 2022/23 with one assist in five league matches but his form in 2021/22 suggests that he has the potential to be an excellent signing.
Like De Bruyne, who has 123 assists in 309 matches for City, Olaru is a versatile midfielder with the quality to create chances. Last season, the Romania international racked up six goals and 12 assists in 36 matches for FCSB in all competitions, showing that he can make a big impact at the top end of the pitch.
Therefore, he has the potential to come in at Ibrox and offer a creative threat in attack whilst allowing the club to cash in on Sakala without being left short of squad depth.