Aris director Robert Palikuca appears to have confirmed Rangers’ interest in winger Luis Palma while suggesting that the Scottish Premiership giants may have to stump up over £5 million.
How much is too much?
That may be the question facing Rangers ahead of a hectic summer of incomings and outgoings at Ibrox.
According to Greek publication Sport24, the Gers have opened talks with Palma – supposedly their number one summer target – having sent scouts to watch the 23-year-old in action on a number of occasions in recent months.
But, with Aris determined to bring in over £5 million via the sale of one key player this summer – and with Palma’s agent admitting that the number of suitors are already in double figures – only time will tell whether Rangers have a realistic chance or whether they are merely barking up the wrong tree.
Can Rangers afford to sign Luis Palma?
“There is not only (interest from) Scotland,” Palikuca says at a press conference, via Filathlos.
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“He has played well this year. There is also interest from North and South America. Strong teams. We will wait. The player wants to make the best decision for himself.
“We have set a certain amount (that we want for Palma) and we will not fall (short of it). He’s too good to be sold for crumbs. We’ll see what the next few days bring.
“Last year, we sold a player for 5 million euros. This year, we want to increase it to 6 million euros.”
Or, if you will, £5.2 million.
Palma, scorer of 13 goals and creator of eight more in 2022/23, appears to have been identified as a replacement for Ryan Kent at Ibrox, manager Mick Beale admitting recently that the out-of-contract winger had not yet been offered fresh terms.
But with further additions needed at centre-forward, in goal, at the back and in central midfield, is £5.2 million simply too big a fee to devote for one player?