Rangers’ interest is Mateo Cassierra has been branded “genuine” as Argentine giants River Plate are also named as a potential destination for the Colombian striker.

Cassierra, 25, is known to the Rangers backroom staff and earlier in the week the 14-goal Sochi forward namedropped the club and Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the press.

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This was after Rangers had been named as a potentially interested party in Russia and amid ambitious claims regarding an £8.5m price tag which raised doubts surrounding the move.

Now, the 4th Official are claiming that Rangers’ interest in former Ajax forward Cassierra is “genuine” but that there remains several roadblocks to completing a deal.

Amongst them is the ongoing situation in Russia, who are at war with Ukraine, and the resultant sanctions which have been imposed on the country’s football clubs as a result.

Mateo Cassierra is clearly wanting out of Russia amid all the issues in the country and has been back in the press again, once again mentioning interest from Rangers.

But as the striker enjoys some downtime following a competitive season which saw Sochi finish 2nd in the Russian Premier League, it’s clear a stay in Europe is preferable even if there is interest from South America.

“The situation is really complicated in Russia, but now I am resting,” said Cassierra [BLU Radio via Daily Record].

“The season was tough. Later with my agent I will go in to see what is best for me, for my family.

“Because of the war in Russian territory, it is somewhat difficult. Hopefully it can be fixed.

“Personally, the priority is to be in Europe. I’ve been abroad for five years, in different countries and leagues.

“But as I say, we are in time to rest and now nothing can be ruled out.

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“There was also talk about Rangers. The coach knows me. There are possibilities.

“River is something that has been talked about a lot at the end of last week.

“But I don’t know anything, a week ago we finished and the possibilities have to be seen.”

Meanwhile, a Premier League club have “serious” interest in a key Rangers star.

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