Rangers fans have been reading up on the 21-year-old midfielder after reports broke this week regarding potential Ibrox interest in the Belgian star.
The news appears to have first been broken by the 4th Official, who claimed on Thursday that Rangers had turned their post-Champions League attentions to Nicolas Raskin.
That report claims that Standard are demanding around €5.5m (£4.6m) for the player but that Rangers are hoping to negotiate the price down due to the context surrounding the deal.
The suggestion is that Nicolas Raskin has rejected a transfer to Belgian Pro League champions Club Brugge with his heart set on a move abroad as he enters the final year of his contract.
Links then appeared in the Daily Mail print edition the next morning [26/08, p. 85] with the newspaper also claiming that Rangers had set their sights on Raskin after the player turned down a move to Brugge.
The Mail are also claiming that there is room for negotiation given Nicolas Raskin is entering the final 12 months of his current deal with Standard said to be eager to resolve the player’s situation before the window slams shut next week.
Rangers’ interest in Raskin has also been covered in Belgium, with journalist Bob Faesen – who covers Standard Liege and KRC Genk for HLN Sport – claiming that there has been no official offer but that “exploratory talks” are underway.
Translated, the tweet reads:
“Rangers FC is interested in Standard midfielder Nicolas Raskin. No offer yet, but exploratory talks are underway. Raskin always wanted to go abroad, that was clear at the beginning of this summer.”
Ex-Celtic boss talks Nicolas Raskin amid Rangers links to Standard star
To round things off, now Standard boss Ronny Deila has been giving some frustrated soundbites regarding the player amid those links to Rangers.
Deila famously lost his job after Rangers and Mark Warburton dumped Celtic in the 2016 Scottish Cup semi-final and it looks like the Gers may hand him another blow with the midfielder as the ex-NYCFC boss lamented the fact Raskin’s contract is ticking down.
“At the moment, Nicolas is thinking a lot about his future,” said Deila [Scottish Sun].
“He’s a boy who has charisma and personality. But his situation is complicated for him and for us, given the expiry of his contract in June 2023.
“To be honest, a 21-year-old player should not have to find himself in this situation.
“We are talking to him and he is honest with us about his position. He needs to make a decision about his future and we need that too.”
It all sounds like Nicolas Raskin’s future is set to be decided this week as Rangers fans strap themselves in for a busy few days following Champions League qualification.
Interestingly, if Raskin joins he’ll team up with another player who Ronny Deila has overseen moving to Rangers in USA international James Sands, who left MLS club NYCFC for Ibrox whilst the ex-Celtic boss was in charge in New York.
A box-to-box midfielder who is regarded as amongst the biggest assets in the Standard side, Nicolas Raskin is a Belgian U21 international and he has made 83 appearances for Standard Liege since making his debut as a 16-year-old in 2017.
Meanwhile, fans have been urging the club to move for another midfielder as Giovanni van Bronckhorst provided a transfer update earlier in the week.