The form of Rangers’ Borna Barisic has seen him attract interest from both Napoli and AS Roma but a recent report suggests the club have absolutely no intention of selling this month.
Steven Gerrard brought Barisic to the club in the summer of 2018 but the left-back failed to establish himself as a regular in the starting XI until this season.
His performances in the ongoing campaign have seen him blossom into a strong attacking asset, with a return of 13 assists from 27 appearances revealing the extent of his prowess in the final third.
While his form may have commanded him interest from two of Italy’s most prestigious clubs, a recent report from the Daily Record suggests he’ll be staying at the club until the summer at least.
The report claims sporting director Ross Wilson values the player well in excess of £10m and senior sources at the club are adamant that he won’t be moving at such a vital stage of the campaign.
That senior Ibrox figures are taking such a staunch stance on Barisic’s future at the club could play into Wilson’s hands in the summer window.
Wilson’s current valuation of the player is vindicated by the Croatia international’s form so far this season, but his perpetual rise could inflate that figure throughout 2020.
After all, he is one of the key players in a potentially history-defining season in the SPFL and if he can take his assist tally beyond the 20 mark he’s bound to raise a few eyebrows across Europe.
Croatia’s Euro 2020 campaign, meanwhile, will see Barisic go under the European spotlight. International competitions are notoriously a place where reputations are forged and transfer conquests begin, so a series of fine showings from full-back would almost certainly lend Wilson reason to increase his valuation on the negotiating table.
If Rangers hold firm this month, manage to clinch the SPFL title and then sell Barisic following a glowing Euro 2020 campaign, the financial rewards could be game changing.
With Wilson still relatively new to the role at Ibrox, his ability to maximise a colossal fee for Barisic could well shape his reputation at the club.