Fresh twist in Rangers-linked Serie A star's situation amid £5m Euro links
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Fresh twist in Rangers-linked Serie A star's situation amid £5m Euro links

Danish international winger Andreas Skov Olsen has come off the bench for Bologna amid €6m (£5m) links to Club Brugge and persistent rumours surrounding Rangers.

The 22-year-old has been linked to Ibrox throughout his career with the story intensifying this window amid reports the ex-FC Nordsjælland could be set to leave Serie A.

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However, after Rangers insisted through club media partner Heart & Hand that claims of an official bid for the winger were “not true”, the latest suggests the player is set for a move to Belgium.

Reports originating in the player’s homeland claimed that Andreas Skov Olsen was closing in on a €6m (£5m) move to Belgian champions Club Brugge.

But now the saga has taken a fresh twist as the talented Denmark international comes off the bench in Bologna’s latest match, a 2-0 Serie A defeat to Napoli.

Andreas Skov Olsen replaced Nicola Sansone after 52 minutes as Bologna fell foul of a Lorenzo Insigne double to leave them lingering in 13th place in the Italian top-flight.

Skov Olsen’s appearance v Napoli means any suggestion of an imminent move appears to be premature with Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic also moving to cool speculation before the match.

“Skov Olsen is doing well. He did well in Cagliari too. Sometimes he should be more proactive, despite not playing in his role,” said Mihajlovic [Daily Record].

“We have many solutions, so I still don’t know how and who I will play tomorrow, but on Skov I know I can count on two roles.

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“I am not responsible for the costs or the choice of players, I am the technical manager and I train whoever is made available to me.

“I choose the players with the sporting director, but it is always me who decides if there is a need (to sell) and who must be taken, together with the sports director.”

Rangers manager looking to add player as he confirms Ibrox transfer budget

Whilst the Rangers links have also been described as “tenuous”, the conjecture surrounding Andreas Skov Olsen also comes amid the latest transfer comments of manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Speaking to the media ahead of the clash with Aberdeen, Gio insists that there is still money left in the Rangers transfer budget to spend this month after the £12m (rising to £16m) transfer of Nathan Patterson to Everton.

Not only that, but Rangers are in the market for a “player” to improve the squad and provide balance. Could it be a right-winger?

“We are happy with the move Nathan had, I think it’s a very good move for him,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].

“He joins a very strong league at a young age. Of course the move is also good for the club because of the financial package we will receive and there is still a transfer budget for this window.

“So we are looking at adding a player to the squad for the balance but if it’s going to happen I don’t know, we just have to wait and see how it will develop in the coming weeks.”

So far Rangers have only signed versatile New York City FC man James Sands and you can read our interview with a US-based journalist on what the defensive midfielder can offer the club.