The lowdown: Career so far
Signed by Genk from fellow Belgian top-flight outfit Zulte Waregem in 2019, Bongonda has also spent time at Celta Vigo and Trabzonspor during his professional career.
Now in the final 12 months of a deal in Belgium (Transfermarkt), Bongonda faces an uncertain future and the Gers could be about to benefit…
The latest: Rangers cited
The Glasgow giants are said to be ‘able to pay a sum between €6-8million for the versatile attacker who was hailed as ‘excellent’ by journalist Raphael Jardon.
It’s also claimed that there is also ‘interest from the United Arab Emirates’ but, Bongonda would ‘rather join a good European club’ at this juncture.
The verdict: Aribo successor?
With talismanic midfielder Joe Aribo set to join Southampton, Van Bronckhorst will need to replenish the Ibrox ranks with similar levels of quality, adaptability and goal contribution as well as a staggering availability record that saw the Nigeria ace play a mammoth 57 matches last term.
Albeit operating predominantly in wide areas, Bongonda can be deployed in central positions and during the 2021/22 campaign, scored 13 times and provided five assists from 43 appearances across all competitions – showcasing his own impressive durability and impact in the final third.
Boasting impressive finishing and long-range shooting attributes (WhoScored), ultimately, signing the Belgium-born star for the mooted asking price would be a smart move from the Rangers hierarchy, particularly given the successful previous track record when snapping up the likes of Ianis Hagi, Kemar Roofe and Fashion Sakala from the Jupiler Pro League.
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