Rangers-linked striker Mateo Cassierra is reportedly being valued at £8.5m by Sochi – adding a financial dilemma to the moral one surrounding any Ibrox interest.
Currently turning out for this season’s 2nd placed Russian Premier League side, the situation involving the country and Ukraine presents a major transfer dilemma.
Amid major sanctions across various industries there will be a spotlight on any club who decide to do business in the country this summer and Rangers must tread carefully.
Mateo Cassierra has been linked to Rangers this summer amid a fine run of form for Sochi that has seen him bang in 14 goals in the division this season.
A former Ajax striker, the forward will have worked with Ibrox assistant Dave Vos during his time with Jong Ajax and the links have fans talking.
Rangers face Mateo Cassierra transfer dilemma
The links originate from Russian football journalist Roman Naguchev who directly named Rangers when discussing the situation with the player.
“Rangers are definitely in need of a striker,” Roman Naguchev tells Sport24.
“Mateo Cassierra is very interesting for the club.
“The Rangers management has already contacted FC Sochi. (Giovanni) Van Bronkhorst knows this player well.”
Now, Vital Rangers are reporting that representatives of the player claim Cassierra will cost interested suitors £8.5m if they plan on making a move.
They claim an unnamed source close to Sochi told them this:
“It is most likely that Mateo Cassierra will leave the club and the price will be €10 million (approximately £8.5mil GBP).”
This comes with Russian clubs needing extra income after UEFA sanctions see the country’s football clubs banned from European competition next season.
It presents Rangers with a serious financial and moral dilemma should the club be seriously interested in signing Mateo Cassierra.
Not only would this represent a monumental outlay in Scottish footballing terms, with massive pressure heaped on the Colombian forward as a result.
But would Rangers be setting themselves up for something of a PR fail by putting so much money into Russian football amid the ongoing UEFA sanctions?
At this price at least, this move is surely a no-goer.
Meanwhile, an international icon has been pictured in the new Rangers kit as the Ibrox club secure a summer deal.