Rangers’ January swoop for Colombia youth international Juan Alegria could hinge on an SFA appeal to the UK government, according to the Daily Record.
The Gers have been heavily linked with the 18-year-old this month and Steven Gerrard recently confirmed there was ‘something in’ the speculation [RangersTV].
The player himself has also claimed that a deal to take him to Ibrox was being finalised [Scottish Sun].
Yet, it’s been suggested that a change of rules brought about by Brexit could stop the transfer from going through.
The Daily Record claim that English football is on the verge of passing a plan which will ‘safeguard the ability of top clubs to trade players and sign up new stars from overseas’.
However, under the new plan, from the beginning of next month, players brought into the country will need to meet ‘a number of elite level standards’, which Alegria currently does not.
Therefore, all hope of bringing the striker in appears to hinge on an SFA appeal to the UK Government.
Hampden officials are said to be awaiting a response after asking for the current work permit system to remain in place in Scotland for the January window, before being replaced by a new system in the summer.
Rangers will no doubt be hoping the issue is resolved sooner rather than later, as Ross Wilson will want to have a clear idea of who is and isn’t attainable going into the January window.
Steven Gerrard had previously advised that the winter window would be more about moving players on rather than bringing them in, but Alegria is just one of multiple players linked with a move to Ibrox.
Alegria currently plays for Finnish club FC Honka, who finished fourth in the 2020 Veikkausliiga, and plenty of supporters are excited about his potential.
Another of Rangers’ reported targets was left out of his current club’s squad for a Premier League match on Thursday night following an intriguing transfer story.