Luis Palma could well be added to Rangers ranks this summer but won’t be held to ransom by Greek outfit Aris.
It seems like a long time between now and the transfer window closing in September, with Michael Beale looking to do his business early making a lot of sense.
Now, a source close to the Ibrox board has claimed that, despite recent reports, Luis Palma, is still very much a Rangers target, according to The 4th Official.
Rangers don’t need to replace Ryan Kent, they need better than the former Ibrox winger.
A player who will score goals as well as create chances for others, and Rangers appear to have identified Luis Palma as being that man.
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What has been said about Luis Palma and his proposed move to Rangers?
Writing on their Patreon site, the reliable 4th Official has claimed that patience will be a virtue for Michael Beale as he looks to land the 23-year old Honduras international:
“Now, I know certain outlets have claimed that Rangers are no longer interested in Luis Palma, but that’s not true.
“According to the same source close to the Ibrox board, the valuation for Palma is high as Aris are sticking to their guns, but Rangers interest is still very much there.
“This will not be done immediately as Aris knows the worth of their player, so it will turn out to be a bit of a waiting game.
“However, Rangers do want Palma, and the player is interested in making the move. It’s just the question of finances (then again, aren’t most moves?).”
Whenever a fee is involved, negotiations always take longer, it’s one area of the transfer market that has never really changed.
Clubs at second and third tier sides are also now more aware of the spending power of Champions League clubs so, when they come calling, the price goes up.
We do it, so we shouldn’t expect anything less when the shoe is on the other foot.
Reports of a £4.4m price tag seem about right for a goal-scoring international winger, it’s just a question of how much Michael Beale has to play with.
A rejected bid said to be around £2.5m suggests that somewhere in the middle could be enough for Luis Palma to become a Rangers player.
If the Gers gaffer can move a player or three out in the opposite direction, he should be able to get his wish of a settled squad, long before the big games kick off again.
Luis Palma, through no fault of his own, is going to make Rangers wait and it could be a case of who blinks first, especially if Aris need the money for their summer recruitment.