High-profile reported Rangers target and Bologna winger Andreas Skov Olsen is “very close” to a switch to Club Brugge as their regular Champions League millions tell.
According to Belgian publication Voetbal Krant, the Pro League champions are set to strike an impressive €5m (£4.2m) deal for the 22-year-old Denmark international who is said to be unhappy in Italy.
This is after extensive links between Rangers and the Danish winger in the press, although the Ibrox club have previously rubbished talk of a bid via media partner Heart & Hand.
Club Brugge are also reportedly set to offer Andreas Skov Olsen a contract which is better than the one he is currently on in Serie A as the Belgian side’s regular Champions League involvement tells.
FC Copenhagen are also said to have pulled out of the race for Skov Olsen as a result.
“FC Copenhagen is chasing more than Vavro, but it is not Andreas Skov Olsen, even though the dream lives on out there,” said Danish football journalist Farzam Abolhosseini.
“Like last time, he has never really been close, and good sources say that within a few days he will sign a bigger contract with Club Brugge than the one in Bologna.”
Club Brugge years ahead of Rangers but transfer model serves as Ibrox inspiration
Rangers are almost certainly competing on a similar level to the Belgian outfit but when it comes to those millions of pounds of Champions League revenue Club Brugge are way out in front.
Said to be worth in the ballpark of £30m per group stage qualification, it’s a land of milk and honey Rangers are yet to reach in their quest to rebuild from the financial disaster of 2012.
But Club Brugge have tasted the success of regular qualification in recent years, qualifying for the tournament five out of the last six years.
This solid footing has allowed Club Brugge to spend substantial money on the likes of Kamal Sowah, David Okereke and Stanley Nsoki, amongst many others.
The club has built a talented squad by investing in a number of these mid-level transfers with fees ranging from £3m to £7m [Transfermarkt].
Some of these players have then gone on to recoup major transfer fees for Club Brugge with the likes of Odilon Kossounou’s £24m move to Bayer Leverkusen [Forbes], Wesley’s £22m move to Aston Villa [Guardian] and Krepin Diatta’s £13.5m move to Monaco [GFFNN] standing out.
Effectively, Club Brugge make considered investments in that £3m-£7m range and aim to sell for between £10m and £20m [Transfermarkt].
Whilst no Club Brugge deal for Andreas Skov Olsen has been announced, talk of a £4m asking price certainly means the reported Rangers target fits the Belgian club’s successful transfer model.
That Club Brugge model is something that Rangers can aspire to in the coming seasons but naturally the Champions League money sets the Belgians apart as things currently stand.
This means that when it comes to competing with the likes of Club Brugge for Danish international wingers with huge sell-on potential, Rangers could well be a couple of Champions League qualifications away from pipping them yet.
Plus, it certainly helps when he’s being signed as a potential replacement for a £25m-rated winger being linked to the Premier League.