With seven signings on board, totalling a reported £7.5m, who can Rangers sell to recoup those funds? And how much can the club get for them?
This article will look at the players rumoured to be departing and the fees reported on those deals. Antonio Colak has already departed for Parma for a reported £2.5m and Scott Wright looks like he’s heading to Turkish side Pendikspor for £500k. If that move goes through that will bring Rangers net spend down to -£4.5m. Let’s look at how much Rangers can make from player sales this summer.
There have been reports of interest from the Championship and Besiktas in Glen Kamara. Only one of them represents a good deal for the club though. The Turkish side are reportedly only willing to pay €2.8m for the 27-year-old Finnish international.
However, Dean Jones apparently told Give Me Sport that Leeds had interest in the midfielder;
Now, £5m would represent an incredible deal for Rangers. Even though, in previous season, he could have been worth more. Turning a £50k player in a £5m player is genuinely great business. Kamara doesn’t seem to be a part of Michael Beale’s plans as reports keep surfacing claiming that he is ‘desperate’ to leave Ibrox.
In response to the question ‘where is Kamara’ Stevie Clifford from 4LadsHadaDream said this;
It’s now clear that both parties want to seperate and the latest update from The 4th Official via their Patreon has suggested his exit could be close. They’ve claimed that a deal with £4m plus add ons and a 10% sell on fee is close to being agreed in the coming days!
Also, I have been talking with several people throughout the day and it seems Fashion Sakala is also in discussion regarding a move out of Rangers. The club in question is from Saudi Arabia and the transfer fee being discussed is £4m. It’s not close to done, but discussions are well underway.The 4th Official via Patreon
The exit of Fashion Sakala is one I believe will be shrouded in controversy. Many fans believe he isn’t good enough for Rangers, despite his numbers last season. While on the other hand, some fans don’t think that fee is enough.
Personally, I think £4m represents a good deal and the manager is obviously banking on his new signings hitting the ground running so there wouldn’t be a reliance on the Zambian international to get numbers. Where do you sit with this one? Would £4m be a good deal or are Rangers under selling a valuable asset?
This one has gone quiet after that day Rangers Twitter was sent into a frenzy by reports from Romania that Aberdeen of all clubs were interested in the Romanian international! That was claimed by sport.ro who said;
Parma, Espanyol and Aberdeen want him. Buruk does not want Romanians at Galatasaraysport.ro
According to Sport.ro, the teams interested in the services of the Romanian player are US Lecce (Serie A), Espanyol Barcelona (Segunda Division, Galatasaray (Super Lig) and Aberdeen (Scottish Premiership). They would like to loan him for a season with an option purchase, and Rangers want 4 million euros in exchange for him.
The 24-year-old has struggled to regain form and fitness after a year out, which was to be expected. Can Rangers wait around and see if he gets back to the Ianis Hagi of old? Right now, I don’t think the club can. If €4m was offered then they would need to seriously consider it.
At his best, Hagi is a creative force, capable of creating something from nothing. He’s an ambidextrous play maker with so much ability on the ball, he just lacks the physical side, at times. The injury really hasn’t helped with this as it seems he’s lost a yard of pace he really couldn’t afford to.
If it came down to it, would you accept €4m for the current version of Ianis Hagi?
A report came from Andy Devlin for The Scottish Sun that suggested Nottingham Forest had interest in the Croatian left back. The English club have a dilemma in that position after being priced out of a move for on-loan Renan Lodi. Then, a few days ago, Harry Toffolo was convicted of many gambling charges and is expected to receive a heavy ban.
So the reports claims that their attention has now turned to 30-year-old Barisic. He’s entering into the last year of his deal so now could be the perfect time to sell.
That being said, this all comes down to how Michael Beale rates him. Ridvan Yilmaz impressed at the end of last season but this summer, Rangers have added height and aerial threats. Could they be perfect for Barisic’s excellent crossing ability?
Time will tell on this one but with his contract running down and the fact he turns 31 in November, £2m could be a good bit of business from Rangers.
Who Else Could Leave?
It’s thought that Robby McCrorie wants to leave to get first team football, with Rangers looking for somewhere around £500k-£1m for the Scottish goalkeeper. However, there hasn’t been any reports of interest which suggests the 25-year-old isn’t leaving any time soon.
There were rumours that James Tavernier could reunite with Steven Gerrard in Saudi Arabia. However, nothing has been heard of that since then and currently it doesn’t seem likely.
There are suggestions the club could look to move Ben Davies on and that there is interest from the English Championship. Again, not much has been reported on this and no clubs or fees have been mentioned.
IF these reported transfers went through, Rangers would be looking at;
- Glen Kamara – £4m
- Fashion Sakala – £4m
- Ianis Hagi – £3.4m
- Borna Barisic – £2m
Total – £13.4m
If all these sales were completed at their reported price then Rangers net spend would be +£8.9m. That could then potentially fund moves for Danilo, Jose Cifuentes and Jonathan Panzo.
Completing these deals could leave Rangers close to breaking even while having went through a full squad overhaul. That’s a big if though.
How would you feel if that business was done? Would you consider it a successful transfer window?