Rangers namedropped amid speculation surrounding £5m international


Rangers namedropped amid speculation surrounding £5m international

Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali has namedropped Rangers when it comes to star midfielder Darius Olaru and insists the Romanian’s future won’t be settled until the European groups are.

Rated at £5m, there were murmurs of potential Rangers interest in the 24-year-old Romanian international earlier in the window but there was never anything concrete to back this up.

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But now Becali has been talking about the player’s future and namedropped the Ibrox club alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona amid questions from Romanian media.

Insisting that Darius Olaru will be going nowhere until Steaua’s Europa Conference League fate is decided – and by proxy Rangers’ Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven – the eccentric FCSB owner didn’t exactly deny the midfielder could leave in the window.

With Steaua playing a ECL Playoff against Norwegian outfit Viking this week, Gigi Becali claims any Darius Olaru exit talk will be shelved until the tie is settled with the home leg up first.

“Who wants to give this money (£5m)? Rangers?” Asked Becali [PRO Sport].

“I am not discussing Olaru now. An offer may also come today from Real Madrid, from Barcelona and offer me anything. I don’t argue. Olaru is not for sale now.

“From Friday we resume the discussions, let’s see how we will be then. But for now, no one is leaving, no one is coming.

“Let us get into groups and then we will discuss differently. Maybe a player will leave, but I will certainly bring reinforcements so that we can face it on all levels.”

Rangers fans will certainly be encouraged by this transfer rumour, with a creative, goalscoring midfielder something the Ibrox support have coveted for some time.

The Gers infamously failed in a bid to land Dutchman Joey Veerman – now turning out for Champions League rivals PSV – and since then it’s an area of the squad which is the subject of much debate.

Darius Olaru scored six goals and laid on 12 assists last season and his combination of creativity and long-range shooting is viewed as a prime Steaua Bucharest asset heading into the remainder of the window.

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It’s one to watch for Rangers fans and perhaps any Ibrox move depends on what happens in the Netherlands next week with the Champions League on the line against PSV.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans are wondering if the club should’ve had a penalty in the 2-2 Champions League draw with PSV Eindhoven.