A leading French newspaper has claimed that a reported Rangers target will be available at a knockdown price after his current side was relegated from Ligue 1.
Algerian international and Nîmes Olympique midfielder Zinedine Ferhat, 28, was originally mentioned alongside Rangers by Foot Mercato who believe French side St Etienne and Italians Sassuolo are also interested.
These claims were then backed up by popular blogger the 4th Official, who claims a source told them Rangers have “definitely” made an approach for the attacking midfielder.
Now, Midi Libre in France believe that following Nîmes relegation to Ligue 2, a host of first team players could leave the club with a “good chance” Ferhat will exit.
The midfielder has been on outstanding form in Ligue 1 this season and has been a rare bright light in an otherwise troublesome campaign for Nîmes.
Ferhat – who has seven Algeria caps – has scored six goals and laid on 10 assists in a struggling Ligue 1 side this season.
The player also only has a year left on his current contract and according to a leading French data analyst who quotes Midi Libre, Ferhat will be available for only £2m.
Ce matin dans @Midilibre, on apprend que pour Rani Assaf, Zinedine Ferhat "ne vaut pas plus de 2M€ dans le contexte actuel".
Portes ouvertes au Nîmes Olympique, qui en profitera ?
— Fleck | Scout (@Fleck_Scout) May 18, 2021
There’s a lot of smoke around this deal but there has been nothing official in Scotland or from Rangers so it’s very much a case of wait and see.
But whilst a £7m headline valuation has been attached to the player, these originate from his valuation on Transfermarkt and there is no intimation that this is how much he would cost.
For a player who has shone at Ligue 1 level and who is in the peak of his powers, £2m however may prove to be a bargain and a more sensible price for Rangers.
Meanwhile, one player who is Rangers bound this summer has said his farewells to his current club as he celebrates a record-breaking campaign.