GvB stance update after Rangers enquire about 14-cap speedster - report
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GvB stance update after Rangers enquire about 14-cap speedster - report

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is open to the idea of signing Bologna speedster Andreas Skov Olsen, according to the Scottish Daily Mail (printed edition 01/01; p.112).

The Gers have been linked with Olsen on and off since 2020.

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Last month, il Resto del Carlino reported that the Ibrox side had made an ‘enquiry’ about him ahead of the January transfer window.

There’s set to be plenty of competition for the 14-cap Denmark international, with a subsequent report from Corriere di Bologna asserting that Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin are in pole position to land him.

GvB interested in Rangers-linked speedster

Many Rangers fans are desperate to see him at Ibrox, though, so they’ll be pleased with this update on GvB’s stance.

The Scottish Daily Mail report backs up the claim that Rangers have reached out to Bologna regarding Olsen’s availability and asserts that the current Gers boss ‘has refused to rule out a deal’.

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Skov Olsen the best of the wide targets?

Given Gio’s playing style, it was always likely that strengthening in wide areas would be a January priority for Rangers.

Several names have been mentioned in addition to Olsen’s, including Francis Amuzu of Anderlecht and Crysencio Summerville of Leeds United.

All three players have reportedly been on Rangers’ radar for some time, so a lot of scouting work will have been done on them.

But the club are only likely to bring in one, and while Olsen may be pricey, given that Bologna paid a reported £5m to sign him from Nordsjaelland in 2019 [Football Italia], he’s probably the best option of the wide targets.

He’s got over 100 competitive club appearances under his belt, he has experience of playing and scoring for a quality international team, he’s tall at 6ft 2″ but still quick and he’s been exposed to more high-level club football than the others.

Given that he’s under contract until 2024, though, Bologna are under no pressure to sell, so Rangers may need to stump up a significant fee to get their man.

Meanwhile, Rangers may only have to pay £1.7m to land an exciting attacking midfielder this month.