Sources close to Rangers star Borna Barisic have reportedly confirmed that Watford are interested in signing the left-back in January [Watford Observer].
Barisic signed for the Gers from Osijek in the summer of 2018 and after a shaky first season, he nailed down a starting berth.
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The Croatia international was a key player in Rangers’ 2020/21 title win and although he hasn’t reached his best levels yet this season, he’s still a regular in the side.
However, he could be on the move next month.
Watford are currently 17th in the Premier League table and manager Claudio Ranieri is looking to strengthen at the back next month with Adam Masina and William Troost-Ekong set to be involved in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Can Rangers afford to lose Barisic to Watford?
Barisic was a key man for Steven Gerrard, bombing up the left flank at every given opportunity.
Some adjustments have been made to his role under Gio van Bronckhorst but he’s still a key player, starting every match so far under the Dutchman other than Saturday’s clash against Dundee United, which he missed through illness.
Rangers can only really sell Barisic next month if they replace him.
At present, Calvin Bassey is the only other senior left-back at Ibrox and he’s being deployed at centre-back due to injuries in that position, while there’s also a chance he could soon depart for AFCON.
Nathan Patterson filled in there at the weekend but looked uncomfortable and while there’s a recall option in James Maxwell’s Ayr United loan agreement, he’s spent much of the campaign to date playing further forward.
Given that he’s 29, Rangers may not be able to get a really big fee for Barisic, but he is contracted until 2024, which puts the Gers in a decent position going into any negotiations.