Rangers links to Romanian midfielder Darius Olaru have been rubbished – but club silence on Brazilian attacking midfielder Evander has left some fans hopeful.

Rangers have been mentioned alongside Steaua Bucharest midfielder Darius Olaru several times this summer with the latest links coming from FCSB owner Gigi Becali.

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The Gers were namedropped by the eccentric Romanian who claims that the player’s future won’t be settled until after the European qualifiers have been and gone.

However, Rangers Review journalist Derek Clark has claimed that he has been “reliably informed” that the Gers are not chasing the £5m-rated 24-year-old midfielder.

Darius Olaru is a name that excites Rangers fans so naturally this came as something of a blow to many with fans expecting more signings before the window closes in the coming days.

But whilst some were licking their Olaru wounds, reports surrounding a potential move for FC Midtjylland midfielder Evander has plenty switching their attentions.

According to ESPN journalist Gustavo Hofman, Rangers are interested in a move for the Brazilian midfielder after a switch to Galatasaray failed.

Hofman claims that Evander has been given assurances by the Danish club that he can move on this window with FC Copenhagen also named as potential suitors in the hunt for the 24-year-old.

Given that Rangers are generally quick to silence any transfer reports through their partners in the media, radio silence on Evander has been taken as a good thing by the support.

The Brazilian midfielder has played against Rangers with FC Midtjylland before and even scored for the Danes in a Champions League qualifier at Celtic Park last season.

In 153 games for FC Midtjylland, Evander has scored 43 goals and laid on 34 assists (87 contributions) since joining from Vasco de Gama in 2019

Whilst the Darius Olaru rumours have been quashed the Evander talk certainly looks alive but FC Midtjylland sporting director Svend Graversen insists they will only sell the player at the right price.

“Evander has been one of the Superliga’s best players, so of course there has been interest,” said Graversen [Bold].

“From there to specific offers and from there to a transfer, we are not there yet, because otherwise he would not play in the team.

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“So there is interest, yes. There are also many rumours, but I cannot comment on them.

“I hope that Evander gets the change that he has deserved and to the right club and for the right money. He needs that step in his career.”

Perhaps Rangers’ pursuit of the player – previously rated as highly as £7m – could depend on the outcome of Wednesday’s Champions League Playoff with PSV Eindhoven.

Rangers and PSV are currently tied at 2-2 from the first leg at Ibrox with a reported £40m on the line in the return in the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, do the Rangers board need to look at themselves for the mounting pressure that is on the club’s shoulders this campaign?

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