Rangers-linked striker snag amid reports of potential £17m legal challenge
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Rangers-linked striker snag amid reports of potential £17m legal challenge

Turkish giants Galatasaray could face a possible legal challenge if they sign Rangers-linked ex-Krasnodar striker Erik Botheim, according to a report.

Turkish outlet Cumhuriyet are claiming that Russian club Krasnodar will seek to claim compensation from whatever side signs the 22-year-old after he terminated his contract with the club.

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Erik Botheim had just signed for the Russian Premier League club at the turn of the year before ripping up the deal following the invasion of Ukraine.

Since then there have been numerous clubs linked to the striker – including Rangers – but it now appears Galatasaray are leading the hunt.

However, according to the report Krasnodar will claim over £17m (€20m) from any side who decides to move for the striker.

As a result, the Galatasaray move for the player has hit a potential snag with the Turks said to still be in negotiations with the striker.

Rangers-linked Erik Botheim could head to Galatasaray

Erik Botheim was said to be interesting Rangers earlier in the window but news regarding the player’s wage demands surely rule the Ibrox side out of the running.

According to Turkish journalist Yagiz Sabuncuoglu if Rangers, Galatasaray or anyone else wants to sign Erik Botheim they can be expected to stump up.

The journalist is claiming that Galatasaray have contacted the representatives of Erik Botheim with a view to a move and that the striker has laid out his demands.

Botheim reportedly wants a €2m (£1.7m) signing on fee and a €2.5m (£2.1m) per year salary, which works out as around £40k per week.

If Rangers were to move for the striker on these terms it would make Erik Botheim Rangers’ highest paid player and this is something we find hard to justify.

Meanwhile, an imminent megabucks Premier League deal reportedly won’t have an impact on one club’s Ibrox pursuit.

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