Rangers have been linked with a move for Croatian U21 international full-back Marijan Cabraja in a transfer which would bring into question the future of current number one left-back Borna Barisic.
The Gers moved for Borna back in 2018 and after initially finding it difficult to settle in Scotland, the full Croatian international is one of the first names on the Ibrox teamsheet.
But should Rangers secure a deal for his national counterpart, what does it say about the Ibrox assist king’s future?
Like Barisic, Cabraja is currently turning out for a side in Croatia.
The 22-year-old defender currently plies his trade with Gorica whilst Barisic, now 28, turned out as captain of NK Osijek before Rangers pounced.
Cabraja himself admitted that Rangers were tailing him and also claimed any move hangs on what happens with Borna.
“It is true that Rangers are following me, contact has been established but it all depends on how the situation with Borna Barisic develops,” said Cabraja [Daily Record].
“I don’t believe that the Scots will pay as much as Gorica are asking for, but let’s leave that aside now, the only thing that matters to me is how we will play in Split on Sunday.”
It’s a tried and tested path for Rangers and filling in Borna’s position from someone moving in similar circumstances might prove to bear fruit in the coming seasons.
But at 28, Barisic is at a pivotal point in his career and in his value to Rangers, with a summer tournament in Euro 2020 on the horizon and the chance to catch watching eyes.
Rangers have a real and genuine asset on their hands in the shape of the left-back and this may be the season that the club are forced to cash in.
At a recent AGM, player trading was labelled one of the “four pillars” of the club’s business model and Barisic is amongst the most valuable and in-demand in our dressing room.
The player has previously been linked with a £22m move to the likes of Tottenham Hotspur [90min], whilst the likes of Serie A sides Napoli [Il Mattino] and AS Roma [Sunday Post] have been mentioned in the past.
With quality left-backs a commodity growing scarcer by the window, should Rangers’ interest in Cabraja grow more concrete then it coul signal the club is finally cashing in on Barisic.
If moving for a Croatian full-back is a path being tread out of the Balkans, what about the unorthodox South American trail to Ibrox via Finland?