An update has emerged on River Plate forward Rafael Santos Borre regarding Rangers’ interest in his signature.
According to Football Insider, Rangers are plotting a swoop for the River Plate centre-forward this summer. He is out of contract at the end of the month and is not expected to put pen to paper on an extension with the Argentine giants, leaving him free to find a new club ahead of next season.
The report claims that Rangers are hoping to seize this opportunity by snapping him up for nothing to bolster their attacking option. River Plate are said to value Santos at £15m but will now lose him for nothing.
Santos Borre was previously at Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone praised the forward earlier this year, hailing his development at River Plate and wishing him the best of luck for the rest of his career.
He told ESPN, as transcribed by Archy: “The truth is that we have not talked about the issue of Borré. He is breaking it there in River, I am happy for him. He came very young (to Atlético de Madrid) and the truth is that his growth has been tremendous, phenomenal, and I hope he has the best ways to continue traveling because he is doing very well.”
Ross Wilson could pull off a masterstroke by bringing Santos Borre to Rangers this summer. He could be about to sign a talented, clinical striker whilst not paying a penny in transfer fees for him.
With Santos Borre out of contract next month, Rangers can sign him without needing to negotiate a huge transfer fee with River Plate, with the report stating that they would value him at £15m under normal circumstances. This suggests that Rangers could be signing an eight-figure rated player for nothing.
Santos Borre enjoyed a terrific campaign for River Plate in Argentina, with 21 goals in 31 starts in all competitions. In the Superliga, Santos Borre scored 12 goals in 18 starts and averaged an impressive WhoScored rating of 7.1 for his performances. He also averaged 1.3 key passes per league game, highlighting his overall centre-forward play rather than limiting himself to being just a goalscorer.
This shows why the River Plate star could be a superb addition to Rangers’ squad. He could offer an added attacking threat to Steven Gerrard’s side, with his performances for River Plate suggesting that he may be ready to make the step to European football with Rangers.
Wilson could strike gold with Santos Borre if he is able to get this deal over the line, and hopefully it will be completed in time for him to link up with Rangers for the start of pre-season to give him the best chance of hitting the ground running.