Rangers flop Umar Sadiq is a target for Champions League club Sevilla, according to the Daily Record via Extra Futbol, but an eye-watering transfer fee will be required to secure his signature.

Sadiq joined the Gers on a season-long loan from Roma in the summer of 2018 but would only make four appearances for the club before returning to Italy well ahead of schedule.

Umar Sadiq dives in an attempt to win a penalty for Rangers despite seemingly being through on goal in a League Cup semi-final against Aberdeen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 6ft 4″ striker eventually impressed in what was his sixth loan stint away from Roma at Partizan Belgrade the following season and he joined the Serbian SuperLiga club on a permanent deal in 2020 before being snapped up by ambitious Spanish Segunda side UD Almeria less than a year later.

He’s scored an impressive 14 goals as well as notching four assists from 25 appearances for Los Rojiblancos so far and according to the Daily Record via Extra Futbol, he’s caught the eye of Sevilla director of football, Monchi.

Almeria reportedly paid £4.5m to sign Sadiq in October 2020 [Ideal.es via Sportski Zurnal], but it’s reported that it would take a lot more than that for Sevilla to land him now.

 

That’s because the second division side have no intention of selling the former Nigeria youth international unless his release clause is met.

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Former Rangers flop Sadiq is reportedly a transfer target for Champions League club Sevilla. (Photo by Alejandro Rios/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

According to the Daily Record via Diario de Almeria, the clause is currently €60 million (£52m) and could increase to €80 million (£69m) if Almeria gain promotion to La Liga.

As they are currently third in the Segunda table and only five points behind leaders Mallorca, that’s a genuine possibility, too.

It sounds as though Champions League Round of 16 contenders Sevilla will need to break the bank to land Sadiq, then, but regardless of whether or not they make the move, it’s remarkable how far the blossoming 24-year-old’s stock has risen in the few seasons since his disastrous Ibrox loan stint.

Meanwhile, Royal Antwerp have been dealt a blow ahead of their trip to Ibrox for the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie against Rangers.

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