Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has rubbished claims that Rangers flop Umar Sadiq is on the verge of a monumental move to Bundesliga giants and last season’s Euro rivals Borussia Dortmund.
The Italian Twitter personality insists that reports of a £21m (€25m) BVB bid for the striker, who is now plying his trade with newly-promoted La Liga side Almería, are wide of the mark.
These reports originate in Nigerian publication BSN Sports, who claimed an exclusive regarding the apparent interest from Germany.
Whilst Romano doesn’t rule out the Germans making a move for the Nigerian international in the future, it is claimed Umar Sadiq is more likely to move across the Spanish top flight to Villarreal.
Fabrizio Romano shoots down ex-Rangers star Umar Sadiq to Dortmund reports
Rangers fans are well used to the lanky striker, now 25, being linked with moves to some of Europe’s top clubs but now it appears Sadiq could genuinely make a megabucks move in the window.
It’s a long way away from the ineffective forward signed by Rangers on loan from AS Roma in 2018 and Umar Sadiq has had a solid career trajectory ever since leaving Ibrox, the striker putting his failed six months in Glasgow down to a frosty relationship with Steven Gerrard [Sunday Post].
Signing for Partizan Belgrade after a failed loan stint in the lower leagues of Italy, the striker found his feet and form in Eastern Europe and earned links to the likes of Man United.
From here, Sadiq switched Serbia for Spain and it has largely been the big man’s goals that have inspired Almeria’s promotion to the country’s top flight.
Umar Sadiq has 41 goals and 19 assists (60 goal contributions) in 81 games for Almería and if he doesn’t move on the ex-Rangers star will be lining up against Real Madrid in the club’s La Liga opener next weekend.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking, that’s all well and good, but why did Sadiq dive when he rounded Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis in the Betfred Cup semi-final of 2018?
We don’t know either.
Meanwhile, Rangers fans have been left purring at a clip of an Ibrox wonderkid currently impressing in the club’s youth system.