Rangers-linked Osayi-Samuel touted for controverisal Ligue 1 part-exchange deal
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Rangers-linked Osayi-Samuel touted for controverisal Ligue 1 part-exchange deal

Reported Rangers target Bright Osayi-Samuel has been linked with a move to Ligue 1 club AS Monaco – and could help facilitate a controversial transfer in the process.

According to Turkish outlet Fotospor, Osayi-Samuel is to be used as a makeweight in a deal bringing Nigeria star Henry Onyekuru to Fenerbahce from the French outfit.

Ex-QPR winger Osayi-Samuel has struggled so far at Fenerbahce and has been extensively linked with a return to Rangers. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

However, according to the same report negotiations are at a stalemate because the French side do not want to sign Osayi-Samuel, with Fotospor also claiming he has no future in Turkey.

The entire thing is made controversial by the fact that between 2020 and 2021 Onyekuru, 24, spent two loan spells with Fenerbahce’s arch-rivals Galatasaray.

Gala famously play their football on the European side of Istanbul with Fenerbahce sitting across the Sea of Marmara on the Asian side of the City.

According to the report, both Gala and Besiktas have turned down moves for Nigerian international Onyekuru as the player looks to find a new deal with a club from Istanbul.

Bright Osayi Samuel, 23, joined Fenerbahce in the January window after he signed a pre-contract and a fee was agreed with Queens Park Rangers in the English Championship.

However, the right-winger has failed to properly settle in Turkey and has scored only once in 18 Super Lig games for the club.

Rangers have been extensively linked with a move for the player since even before his move to Fener and at the beginning of the summer Turkish reports mused over a Gers approach.

Previously, Fotospor valued the Nigerian at €3.5m (£3m) but no price tag is included in this report.

Whatever the case – Onyekuru or not – all the sounds coming out of Turkey suggest Osayi-Samuel will be on the move this summer with Rangers a name routinely linked to the player.

One player who is in through the door at Ibrox is delighted to join up with the club and let slip the influence of one ex-Ger on his decision to join Rangers in Glasgow.