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Rangers: Scouts impressed by Darius Olaru

Rangers: Scouts impressed by Darius Olaru -Rangers News

Glasgow Rangers and Giovanni van Bronckhorst are reportedly eyeing up a move for Darius Olaru this summer, according to a report from Romanian outlet ProSport.

The lowdown: Hot property

Previously a reported target for West Ham, Borussia Dortmund and Aston Villa, attacking midfielder Olaru has enjoyed an impressive rise to stardom in his homeland with FCSB.

Signed from Gaz Metan in 2020 having made 114 appearances for the club, the 24-year-old playmaker has gone from strength to strength since arriving in the Romanian top flight.

The senior international has directly contributed to 34 goals in 84 outings for the 1985/86 UEFA Champions League winners and is now seemingly on the radar at Ibrox…

The latest: Scouts impressed

As per ProSport, Rangers officials are believed to have ‘watched’ the six-cap ace in action recently.

It’s claimed that Olaru ‘came to the attention’ of scouts at the Glasgow giants and the Teddy Bears are now ‘following in the footsteps’ of the Romanian.

The report also states that Rangers will make a ‘final decision’ over a move during this window, whilst FCSB will demand a fee in excess of €10million (£8.4million) for the man described as being ‘great with both feet’ by scout Jan Říha.

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The verdict: Aribo 2.0?

Following the departure of Joe Aribo to Southampton last week, signing Olaru would be a superb piece of business from Rangers as Van Bronckhorst will require a direct replacement for the influential midfielder.

In a similar fashion to the former-Ibrox favourite, the attack-minded Romanian can operate in a variety of positions, including centrally in midfield, in wide areas and even as a central striker. Predominantly operating as a conventional midfielder last season, Olaru scored six times and provided 12 assists in 37 appearances across all competitions.

Despite the positives of this potential deal, although the suggested asking price for Olaru isn’t astronomical in the grand scheme of transfer fees, it may be ambitious for a player who is yet to play outside of Romania and currently holds a perceived market value of £4.95million (Transfermarkt).

Therefore, the Europa League runners-up would be wise to maintain a watching brief and perhaps even pursue alternative targets such as the Bayern Munich sensation Malik Tillman for the time being before potentially making a move at a lower rate for the compatriot of Ianis Hagi.


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