Rangers-linked Danilho Doekhi faces a decision in the coming days regarding whether to sign a pre-contract agreement with Croatian heavyweights Dinamo Zagreb, according to Croatian outlet 24 Sata.
Zagreb has been interested in the defender ever since the summer with another Croatian outlet VL reporting that the Croatian side had offered Vitesse €2m Euros before the season started.
With teams such as Napoli and Atalanta showing interest in the early days of the transfer window, it now looks like the race is between Rangers and Zagreb as to who secures the Dutchman’s signature for next season.
Rangers face a battle from Dinamo Zagreb for Danilho Doekhi’s signature
Rangers have already signed John Souttar on a pre-contract agreement as Giovanni van Bronckhorst looks to begin building his squad for next season, with centre backs surely being the priority.
With Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun out of contract at the end of the current campaign, a contingency plan is needed to ensure there are replacements, as it is likely Goldson won’t be at Ibrox next season.
With a move for Doekhi unlikely during the January transfer window due to the fee that Vitesse is demanding, which is reportedly £2m, securing the player on a pre-contract deal is financially more viable.
Dinamo Zagreb is the most successful club in Croatia, having won 22 league titles and have appeared in the Champions League group stages four times in the previous ten years.
With the winner of this season’s Scottish Premiership title almost guaranteed a place amongst the elite in the group stages of the Champions League, then a move to Rangers would probably be the best for Doekhi’s career development.
Featuring alongside the best the continent has to offer will surely aid his development and could be hard to turn down. Of course, this depends on the Ibrox side winning the title and I’m sure the 23-year-old will be keeping a keen eye on the results.