Glasgow Rangers have been dealt a huge blow in their bid to bring Rafa Santos Borre to Ibrox this summer.
That’s according to a report by German publication Bild (via Sport Witness), who claim that Eintracht Frankfurt are in discussions regarding a four-year deal for the out of contract Club Atletico River Plate centre-forward, with the Bundesliga side hoping to land the 25-year-old as the outgoing Andre Silva’s replacement.
The report goes on to state that Rangers and Lazio are also keeping a very close eye on the situation of the Colombia international ahead of a potential move in the summer transfer window, however, with Eintracht appearing to now be closing in on a deal, both sides are running out of time to make the striker an offer.
Considering just how impressive Santos Borre was for River Plate last season, should the £15.3m-rated man go on to join Frankfurt on a free transfer before Rangers have even made the player an offer, fans of the club should be livid.
Indeed, over his 13 Liga Profesional appearances for Marcelo Gallardo’s side last term, the forward scored eight goals, registered one assist and created three big chances for his teammates, as well taking an average of 1.8 shots and making 0.9 key passes per game.
As such, with Steven Gerrard hoping to build a side in the summer transfer window that is capable of progressing past the group stages of the Champions League, as well as retaining their Scottish Premiership crown, the addition of the man Diego Simeone dubbed “phenomenal” would have appeared to provide Gers with a huge boost of going on to achieve these feats next season.
However, as Bild suggest, it seems as if Gerrard must act quickly for the 25-year-old, or else he risks missing out on the chance to land potentially one of the most exciting players available on a free transfer this summer.
If Rangers allow the player to simply join Frankfurt without ever making him an offer, fans of the Glasgow giants would have every right to be upset with their club for acting so slowly in the market.