Rangers lurking in the wings after club fail to agree terms on once-£11m attacker – report
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Rangers “very interested” in once £11m-rated attacker after failed bid

Rangers and Celtic are locking horns in the battle for Welsh international and Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo after loan club Cercle Brugge failed to activate an option-to-buy.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan in Belgium and the Pro League side had hoped to pay the reported £3m (€3.5m) to make the deal permanent in the summer.

But due to the fact an agreement could not be reached between the club and player Rabbi Matondo has returned to Germany after banging in 10 goals in Belgian football last season.

German outlet Waz have attached the reasonably low price tag to the player whilst also claiming that Schalke are looking to sell the winger after their promotion to the Bundesliga.

With Rabbi Matondo entering the final year of his contract, a loan move is “not possible” with “numerous interested parties from abroad” tailing the player.

Rangers and Celtic both “very interested” in Rabbi Matondo

The report claims that both Rangers and Celtic are “very interested” in the winger with unnamed Premier League sides and clubs from Ligue 1 also linked.

However, despite the interest from France, a return to the UK is seen as the likeliest option for Rabbi Matondo.

The links to Matondo are especially interesting given the fact that Schalke shelled out a not inconsiderable fee to take the winger from Man City only a few years ago.

The Waz report claims that the Welsh winger cost the German club £7.7m (€9m) whilst the likes of the Daily Mail reported at the time that the deal could reach as much as £11m.

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Young, raw and with loads of untapped potential, this certainly seems like the kind of signing either Rangers or Celtic would make.

Still only 21, Rabbi Matondo already has 10 caps for the Welsh national team and he is regarded as one of the brightest talents coming out of the country.

The winger also isn’t the only member of his own family, let alone country, who is said to be interesting Rangers.

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