Journalist Jonny McFarlane has said that he can’t see Rangers meeting PAOK’s asking price of £2.6m for striker Antonio Colak.
The Rangers Review writer was speaking on the site’s YouTube channel speaking about a potential deal for the Croatian.
At the beginning of the week the Daily Record claimed that the player was keen on a transfer to Ibrox but that his current employers insist that he won’t be leaving for anything less than £2.6m.
Last week the same outlet relayed a report from Politic which stated that the Greek club had already turned down an offer from the Light Blues but it did mention that his current employers were willing to let the frontman depart as he has failed to make an impression in Salonika ever since his return out on loan at Malmo where he incidentally scored twice against the Gers in a Champions League qualifier last summer.
Now McFarlane believes that Ross Wilson and his fellow executives will look to come to an agreement with PAOK as he doesn’t feel the club will fork out the current required asking price.
Do Rangers need another striker?
(3:09)”I’d be surprised if Rangers pay that for a guy who is 28, at a stage of his career where there is very little resale value.
“I think there’ll be a coming together with the clubs over a more acceptable fee but it’s clear, I know there has been a lot of transfer speculation around this one, but Rangers are interested.”
TIF Thoughts on Colak and Rangers…
As pointed out by the journalist there is clear foundations to these rumours and it looks like Giovanni van Bronckhorst is desperate to add another striker after the injuries to both Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos towards the back end of last season that left the manager with only Cedric Itten, who he chose not to select and has since departed.
The 6 ft 1 centre-forward scored five times in the Champions League qualifiers last season which is somewhere GVB is hoping to successfully navigate through.
Before his transfer to Greece in 2020 he bagged 51 goals in 90 appearances as well as producing 15 assists for HNK Rijeka in his home country.
He appears to be coming into his peak, earning three caps for Croatia and Rangers may well bring him in with former Malmo ace Daniel Larsson telling the Daily Record ‘he’s been a late developer’ and would be a ‘huge success’ in Glasgow.