Noel Whelan has dropped a worrying Rangers transfer claim involving Borna Barisic.
The Lowdown: Premier League race for Barisic
As per Football Insider, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Leeds United and Wolves are in a Premier League race to sign Barisic in the summer window.
Should Rangers keep Barisic?
A recruitment source has told the news outlet that talent spotters from some clubs in the top flight are hoping to watch the Rangers ace play in Euro 2020 for Croatia, and if he performs well, bids are likely to come in for him.
The Latest: Whelan on Barisic
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan, who is now a pundit after playing as a striker for the likes of Leeds and Coventry City, has claimed that he is not surprised that so many teams from the Premier League are interested in signing Barisic, and warns that loads more will be, especially Marcelo Bielsa’s side:
“He’s an established player who has played very well for his club side.
“You look at successful teams like Rangers and about players being noticed. When you win titles as emphatically as Rangers did, you get looked at.
“There will be loads of teams interested in him I’m sure. It doesn’t surprise me to hear Arsenal and Villa are looking at him.
“He’s just had a fantastic season, scoring goals, getting assists and keeping clean sheets.
“He ticks every single box. He gets up, he can defend, he’s a threat and he fits the style of play at Leeds United.”
The Verdict: Worrying for Rangers
It is certainly worrying for the Ibrox faithful that so many clubs from the English top flight are keeping tabs on Barisic, as a move to the perhaps the world’s most prestigious league may be simply too much to turn down.
The 28-year-old was a very important player for the Gers both in their SPFL title win and in general throughout the 2020/21 season, playing in no fewer than 50 matches in total in all competitions, scoring five goals and making a remarkable 14 assists from left-back (Transfermarkt).
Barisic would certainly not be easy to replace for Steven Gerrard’s team, as an exit would leave Gerrard without a quality defender and primary playmaker, and so they must look to try and keep him at all costs.
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