Respected Italian journalist Nicolo Schira has alleged that Rangers have failed in an attempt to sign Claudio Marchisio.
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) September 5, 2019
While the summer transfer window is now officially closed, there are no restrictions on when clubs can move for free agents. That’s Marchisio’s current status, having been released by Zenit St Petersburg at the end of last season.
Rangers fail in bid for stylish Italian midfielder
The 33-year-old is a vastly experienced and decorated player. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call him a modern-day Juventus great.
He came up through the youth ranks with the Old Lady and then spent 13 years with the first team between 2005 and 2018. During that time, he won a remarkable 14 major trophies, including seven Serie A titles.
The central midfielder left in the summer of 2018 after falling out of favour, and although he didn’t feature heavily, he went on to win the Russian Premier League in his solitary season at Zenit.
He also has 55 caps for Italy and a runners-up medal from Euro 2012. He’s currently rated at £2.7m by Transfermarkt.
This is an outlandish claim from Schira. Rangers already have a raft of central midfielders, with as many as seven senior options currently available for three positions.
Yet, we suppose it’s vaguely plausible that following qualification for the Europa League, the Gers boss decided to chance his arm.
Marchisio is no spring chicken and his powers are obviously waning a little. He oozes class though and he’s unlikely to be short of offers from clubs all over Europe.
However, if Rangers did put feelers out, and that’s a big if, then it’s little surprise the Italian international said no.
This is a player used to playing on the biggest of stages week in week out, in both Serie A and the Champions League. If he came to Ibrox, he’d play in front of 50,000 every other week, feature in Europe once more and he’d get the opportunity to experience the unique Old Firm.
Yet, you just can’t see someone like Claudio Marchisio rocking up to Rugby Park or the ‘Tony Macaroni Stadium’ and playing on a plastic pitch…