Egyptian outfit Pyramids FC have confirmed Rangers held ‘negotiations’ to sign the £4.5 million-rated Ibrahim Adel but the finances involved scuppered the winger’s potential move to Ibrox.
A fortnight before the window closed on September 1st, Rangers boss Mick Beale admitted to the Daily Record that Rangers may look to bring in ‘someone like a Ryan Kent’ in the final two weeks of the summer.
And that ‘someone’, it seems, may have been Ibrahim Adel. A talented 23-year-old winger who, like Kent, is at his most effective when cutting in from the left onto his right foot.
According to TEAMtalk, Rangers held talks to sign Adel last month. And, speaking to Laila Kora, an unnamed ‘official’ speaking on behalf of Pyramids FC has explained exactly why a potential £4.5 million deal failed to come to fruition.
Rangers tried to sign Ibrahim Adel
“Rangers entered into negotiations to sign the player,” the source explains. “But they stopped due to the failure to reach an agreement with the club regarding the financial considerations.”
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Whether Rangers return for Adel in January remains to be seen. Competition is likely to be high for a player recently crowned the Player of the Tournament at the U23 African Cup of Nations; TEAMtalk adding that Chelsea, Newcastle, Burnley, Brighton, Aston Villa and more are all being kept abreast of the forward’s development over in Egypt.
‘A huge talent’
“Ibrahim Adel is a huge talent for us and for Egyptian football,” says Pyramids FC director of football Mahmoud Fathallah, via King Fut.
Rangers legend Barry Ferguson, meanwhile, insists that much more should be expected from all-but one of Beale’s eight summer signings, Jack Butland the only one to live up to expectations so far.
“It’s not only Beale who is under pressure. The players have got to take a bit of responsibility as well,” Ferguson tells the Daily Record. “The jury is still out on almost all of the new signings made by the manager in the summer.
“It’s fair to say Jack Butland has looked every inch a Rangers goalkeeper. But all of the outfield signings have still got a lot to prove.”