Rangers: Nicolas Raskin not as close as reported
Belgian reporter Bob Faesen has claimed that a deal for Nicolas Raskin to move to Glasgow Rangers is not as close as first reported.
The Lowdown: Agreement ‘reached’
Rangers expert The 4th Official, who regularly breaks news from Ibrox on their social media channels, claimed on Wednesday afternoon that the Premiership club have ‘reached an agreement’ to sign Raskin from Standard Liege, with personal terms already being agreed with the Belgium under-21 international.
They add that the Gers were looking for a four-and-a-half-year deal, so it will be interesting to see how this story develops in the next few days.
The Latest: Not as close?
Taking to Twitter this morning, Faesen claims that although the Light Blues have made a bid for Raskin, they ‘still have to jump a lot further’ in terms of securing his signature.
He stated: “UPDATE: The bids from Valladolid for Amallah and Rangers for Raskin are now in at @Standard_RSCL. Negotiations are underway. Amallah is expected to make ends meet very soon. Rangers still have to jump a lot further.”
The Verdict: Do not let it slip
However close the deal may be for Raskin, Rangers must ensure not to let this one slip in the final days of the transfer window.
Lauded as ‘monstrous’ and a ‘leader’ by his manager Ronny Deila, he has played nearly 100 games in the Belgian top flight by the age of 21, scoring five times and supplying another 13 assists (Transfermarkt).
Faesen has also hailed how ‘technically gifted‘ Raskin is, while also praising his work-rate and claiming that he can play in any position in the middle of the park.
The 21-year-old could complement new signing Todd Cantwell very well in Rangers’ midfield, and the pair could strike up a formidable new partnership under Michael Beale, should a deal go through of course.