Rangers want Serie A star once linked to Arsenal and AC Milan - reports
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Rangers still interested in Sampdoria star despite failed move - reports

Rangers remain interested in signing Sampdoria midfielder and Czech Republic international Jakub Jankto after a late move in the summer window failed.

That’s according to Sky Italia – as quoted by multiple outlets including the Daily Record and Scottish Sun – who believe the Gers are still monitoring the 24-year-old midfielder.

These latest reports also come after Jankto – who has 26 caps and three goals for Czechia – scored in Sampdoria’s 1-1 draw with Genoa at the weekend.

Jankto started his career at Udinese and prior to his permanent move to Sampdoria was touted for a move to Premier League side Arsenal [Coerriere della Sera].

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AC Milan are another elite European side who have previously been linked with the box-to-box midfielder, who has two goals and an assist in five Serie A games this season.

The reports also come after leading Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed the Gers came very close to signing Jankto at the end of the summer transfer window.

Romano also floated the idea that Rangers could move for Jankto in January with Bundesliga clubs also keeping an eye on the player.

“The player was Jakub Jankto, from Sampdoria, [who] was really, really close to joining Rangers on deadline day,” said Romano [Here We Go].

“I don’t know if [this] was public or not. He was really close to joining Rangers.

Jankto was the Sampdoria hero after he scored the opening goal in the club’s 1-1 draw with rivals Genoa over the weekend. (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

“They didn’t find [an] agreement with Sampdoria, but, let’s see what will happen in January, because Bundesliga clubs are interested [in the player].”

Rangers instead opted to sign South African international midfielder Bongani Zungu, 28, on a deadline day loan from Amiens and are now well-stocked in the middle of the park.


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