Partizan Belgrade manager Savo Milosevic has claimed that Rangers flop Umar Sadiq will be worth between £36m and £45m in the future, as quoted by Telegraf.
The 23-year-old striker joined the Gers on a season-long loan from Roma in the summer of 2018 but he didn’t make a positive impact in Glasgow.
Sadiq made just four appearances in all competitions with his solitary start coming against Aberdeen in the semi-final of the League Cup, during which he opted to dive in the hope of being awarded a penalty, despite seemingly being through on goal.
With neither party happy, his deal was terminated early, allowing him to return to Italy for a stint at Perugia.
The former Nigeria youth international has since joined Partizan Belgrade and has made a massive impact in Serbia.
To date, he’s scored 19 goals and registered 18 assists in just 42 appearances for the club.
His manager, Savo Milosevic, believes Sadiq is already worth an eight-figure fee and that his value will multiple in the future.
“Sadiq’s real price at this moment, having in mind the player’s profile, is higher than in the winter,” he said, as quoted by Telegraf. “Then I said that we would not let him go for less than 15,000,000 euros, now I say that it costs 20,000,000 euros.”
“I am not saying that we will be able to take that money, but we will not even consider offers below 10,000,000 euros.
“In the future, Sadiq’s price will be between 40,000,000 [approximately £36m] and 50,000,000 euros [approximately £45m]…People who want to buy them [Sadiq and Filip Stevanoic] for, say, 12,000,000 euros do not see it as a cost, but as an investment in later profit, since they are planning a potential income of 30,000,000 euros. I know that.”
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Sadiq’s spell at Rangers was a disastrous one, with the player failing to score or provide any real positive contribution on the pitch.
That stint at Ibrox was the fourth of six loans he was sent on by Roma during a period of upheaval in his career.
He looks to have finally found his feet with Partizan, though, clocking strong goal and assist ratios in domestic competitions and impressing in the Europa League.
Milosevic is blowing the striker’s valuation out of proportion here in an apparent attempt to drum up transfer bids but it’s clear that Sadiq is a considerably more valuable player now than he was when he left Rangers.