90min.com reports that Rangers are looking to make ten times the £2.2m they paid for Borna Barisic amid interest from Tottenham.
Barisic joined the Gers from Croatian First Football League club NK Osijek in the summer of 2018 and will now allegedly cost £22 million if he is to be sold during the next transfer window.
It’s said that with Jan Vertonghen and Japhet Tanganga set to become free agents at the end of the season and Spurs also keen to offload Danny Rose for a fee, Jose Mourihno will soon be left short at left-back.
With the view to recruiting in that area in the summer, 90min.com claims the club’s scouts have been doing extensive work and have identified Barisic as a target.
The news follows a Scottish Herald report that claimed both AC Milan and Roma had scouted the Gers star during the recent Europa League Round of 32 triumph in Braga.
At the end of last season, few could have predicted transfer stories such as these relating to Barisic.
The 27-year-old suffered from niggling injuries and a lack of confidence during his first year at Ibrox and it looked for a time as though he wouldn’t make the grade.
Yet, this season, particularly in the months before Christmas, it’s been a totally different story.
Croatia’s no.1 left-back has established himself as a key member of Steven Gerrard’s side, offering a calm defensive head and potency on the overlap, registering 14 assists in all competitions.
The standard of his showings, in Europe especially, makes it little surprise that big clubs and a manager of the ilk of Jose Mourihno have been linked to him.
While nothing can be ruled out in the modern market, at this stage, £22m seems an unrealistically high fee. There’s no precedent of Rangers being able to command that sort of money for a player.
However, with the full-back set for Euro 2020 in the summer, the club should certainly be looking for something at least in the eight-figure category if they’re to part with such a major asset.