Rangers star Borna Barisic’s representatives have been ‘touting’ the defender around a ‘host’ of clubs in England and mainland Europe already this month, according to the Scottish Sun.
Barisic joined the Gers in the summer of 2018 from NK Osijek and after a shaky injury-affected first season, he established himself as the first-choice left-back at Ibrox.
He’s made 134 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals and notching an impressive 34 assists [Transfermarkt].
Therefore, it’s no surprise to Rangers fans that there’s interest in him.
Earlier this week, the Scottish Sun reported that Watford had ‘admitted defeat’ in their early-window pursuit of the Croatia international after a bid of £2m – well below the Gers’ alleged asking price of £5m – was rejected.
It seems that a move could still be on the cards this month, though.
The Scottish Sun reported on Friday night that Rangers are braced for further bids because Barisic’s representatives have been ‘touting’ the defender around a ‘host’ of clubs both elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
However, in a subsequent report, Football Scotland asserted that the left-back is happy at Rangers and enjoying life in Glasgow, so he’s unlikely to try and force a move.
Could Rangers cope with losing Barisic this month?
Barisic has been a key asset for Rangers in recent seasons and there’s little doubt he could do a job in a higher-profile domestic league.
Rangers are in a decent negotiating position given that he’s under contract until the summer of 2024, but if an offer in excess of £5m comes in for a 29-year-old, it may be hard to turn down.
It’s clear to us, though, that the Gers can only cash in on the Croatian this month if a replacement is already lined up.
Calvin Bassey is the only other senior left-back at the club right now and with loanee James Maxwell linked with a permanent exit of his own, the next cab off the rank is the promising but still raw B-team regular Robbie Fraser.