The manager of Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem is fearing the loss of captain Danilho Doekhi at the end of his contract amid links to Rangers.
The 23-year-old Netherlands centre-back is hot property as he enters the final six months of his current deal with Rangers, Napoli and Dinamo Zagreb all linked [De Gelderlander].
Danilho Doekhi himself has previously talked up the Ibrox interest, and for all intents and purposes, appears open to the idea of moving to Rangers.
As a result of all the speculation, Vitesse Arnhem manager Thomas Letsch is resigned to losing both Danilho Doekhi and his defensive partner Riechedly Bazoer.
“If Riechedly Bazoer leaves on a free transfer in the summer, it will be difficult to find a replacement of his level. That also applies to a player like Danilho Doekhi,” admitted a frustrated Letch [Omroep].
“AZ sold good players for a lot of money last summer. That makes the situation easier for a club to be selecting. Now that may not be possible.
“I have a meeting [owner Valery Oyf] about once a month.
“Those are nice conversations. On the one hand I say: he wants to take the next step. But on the other hand, everything revolves around money. It’s not easy.”
Rangers look to bolster defence with Vitesse Arnhem captain Danilho Doekhi
Central defence is certainly an area that Rangers look determined to strengthen in with the club linked to both Vitesse Arnhem captain Danilho Doekhi and Hearts star John Souttar.
The Ibrox side may see a bit of a revolving door in the position in the coming six months with vice-captain Connor Goldson yet to sign a new deal at the club.
Leon Balogun is also out of contract come the end of the season and with Jack Simpson expected to be moved on, there is room in the squad for both players.
Should Rangers want to pip the competition and sign Danilho Doekhi this month, then Vitesse Arnhem have reportedly set an asking price of £2m.
The pursuit of Hearts star John Souttar also took another twist this week amid news Hearts are set to sign a potential replacement from the MLS.