Antonio Colak Rangers latest amid PAOK replacement delay claim


Antonio Colak Rangers latest amid PAOK replacement delay claim

The potential PAOK replacement for Rangers target Antonio Colak will be “known” by the end of next week as fans get antsy over a potential deal.

That’s according to Greek journalist Georgios Sideridis, who claims both sides are hesitant to rush through any deal until PAOK sign someone to replace the Croatian international.

Claiming that there is no “rush” to complete the move despite many grumbles in the Rangers support, apparently PAOK have now identified their top post-Colak target.

Who this is, according to Sideridis, will become clear by the end of next week meaning it could be another seven days before we see any movement.

This is in keeping with comments from PAOK manager Razvan Lucescu, who hinted PAOK would need to sign a replacement before the deal could be completed.

“I can tell you I know about an offer for Antonio from a good club that for him could be important,” said Lucescu [Rangers Review].

“At the same time if Antonio leaves in the next few days it’s a problem as it leaves us with one striker.

“The official games are coming soon and it’s not easy to bring in new players. You need time. Time for negotiations, money, players that are available and not, players that have chemistry with us.

“So these are the two aspects and they are not so easy to be solved. From Antonio and from us.”

PAOK delay as Rangers launch Antonio Colak bid

Reports this week had claimed that Rangers had agreed a fee of around £1.8m to sign Antonio Colak, who netted a double with Swedish Champions Malmo at Ibrox last season.

After Cedric Itten left Rangers to join BSC Young Boys for a reported £1.5m fee, this would represent a net spend of around £300k on a replacement.

The claims also come amid the suggestion that Rangers are not the only ones tailing Antonio Colak with as many as four other clubs interested in the striker.

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Former club Malmo – for whom Colak netted 19 times last season – as well Real Mallorca, Panathinaikos and FC Copenhagen have also been linked in the press.

However, it is believed the 28-year-old forward has set his sights on a move to Rangers but as things stand the player remains at PAOK.

Meanwhile, an imminent megabucks Premier League deal reportedly won’t have an impact on one club’s Ibrox pursuit.

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