Rangers blow as reported target snapped up in Euro club's 'second largest' ever transfer sale
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Rangers linked full-back seals reported seven-figure transfer to Dinamo Zagreb

Reported Rangers transfer target Marijan Čabraja has officially joined Dinamo Zagreb from HNK Gorica [Gnkdinamo.hr].

In December, the left-back claimed that the Gers had made contact with him about a possible transfer if Borna Barisic were to leave Ibrox in the January transfer window [Sportske Novosti].

Reported Rangers target Marijan Čabraja has joined Dinamo Zagreb. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

Barisic ultimately stayed put, but Gorica still managed to cash in on their asset.


Gorica president Nenad Crnko wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday that Čabraja had sealed a switch to Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb that was the ‘second largest transfer in the history’ of his club.

Sportske Novosti subsequently reported that the fee was in the region of £2m and Dinamo confirmed the transfer on Monday evening, with the full-back penning a ‘multi-year’ deal.

“I am extremely happy and proud of this moment at signing for Dinamo,” said Čabraja [Gnkdinamo.hr] (translated). “I returned to the club where I have played in young teams since 2012, where I spent much of my childhood and with work, effort and commitment formed into a professional player.”

“I will do my best in the Dinamo jersey and thank the club for showing me confidence again in this way. I look forward to the return as well as all the challenges that follow. I would like to thank the management and employees of HNK Gorica for all the opportunities I received.”

Čabraja’s agent’s prediction that his client’s next transfer would be to a top five European league [Daily Record] has proven to be incorrect, but a move to the current Croatian champions is still a step up.

The transfer may complicate things if the Gers are genuinely looking at Čabraja as a long-term replacement for Barisic.

Yet, with the impressive Calvin Bassey and Academy prospect James Maxwell already tied to long-term Ibrox contracts, Rangers are in a strong position in terms of their options at left-back.

Rangers also look to have missed out on an electric teenage winger who has reportedly signed a pre-contract agreement with a Premier League giant despite Ibrox interest.

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