A Daily Record report has provided a fresh update on Rangers’ alleged pursuit of Preston star Daniel Johnson.
David Anderson of the Mirror claimed on Friday that the Gers had offered £2 million for the 27-year-old, who has entered the final year of his contract at Deepdale.
However, while the Record agrees that there is interest on Rangers’ part, they insist no such bid has been tabled.
It’s alleged that initial talks have taken place between the two clubs but that it will take a ‘significant multi-million-pound’ offer to land the midfielder this summer.
Furthermore, it’s ventured that somewhere between £5 million and £6 million would be required to land Preston’s key men whose current deals end in 20201, a group which includes Johnson and Celtic-linked Ben Davies.
Johnson had an outstanding 2019/20 Championship campaign, scoring 12 goals and registering seven assists.
Report gives update on Rangers’ pursuit of Preston star Daniel Johnson – Verdict
Midfield has been an area of concern for the Gers in recent times and with Joe Aribo out of action for up to six weeks, it’s more important than ever that a new recruit comes in to inject some dynamism.
Rangers have already been linked with Slovakia and Genk midfielder, Patrik Hrosovsky [iSport.cz], whose international pedigree may make him a more appealing option for some supporters.
However, Johnson’s direct goal contributions last season, in a highly competitive league, were very impressive.
By extension, the suggestion that the Lilywhites are holding out for considerably more than £2 million for a player in the prime of his career, is no major surprise.
The question is, are Rangers willing and able to spend upwards of £5 million on a midfielder having already splashed out on the likes of Ianis Hagi, Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe this summer?