At the end of last summer’s transfer window, Rangers apparently came very “close” to signing Czech international midfielder Jakub Jankto.
Plying his trade for Sampdoria in Serie A, the box-to-box midfielder’s athletic frame and penchant for a screamer makes him a very exciting option for Rangers indeed.
The links came predominantly from Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claimed Rangers were inches away from signing the player at the beginning of last season.
“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.
“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].”
This is a claim which has been repeated multiple times by Fabrizio who believes Spanish and German clubs were also interested.
so close! Rangers and Getafe asked for him
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 10, 2020
With Rangers in the hunt for midfielder options, plenty fans might believe a return for the player – who netted six goals from midfield in Serie A last season – isn’t a bad move.
But the entire thing is made much more complex by the nationality of Jankto’s birth, the fact he is a former Slavia player, and the fact he is international teammates with Ondrej Kudela.
Kudela, 33, was banned by UEFA for racially abusing Gers star Glen Kamara, something both he and his Slavia and Czech teammates vehemently deny.
West Ham star Tomas Soucek is the latest name to come out in the press defending Kudela.
The notion that Jankto, 25, could realistically move to Ibrox and survive the deluge amongst fans of his old club or in the Czech media seems particularly fanciful.
The notion that Jankto could share a dressing room with the Czech squad – which has several Slavia stars in it – and the Rangers team appears a recipe for disaster for all parties.
For a player earmarked as a potential summer signing, that’s a real shame as Jankto was once an exciting option for the Gers fans.
Whilst a move for Jankto may well appear pretty complex given the circumstances, the Gers have been linked to a leading U21 international based in the Balkans.