Rangers have decided against continuing their pursuit for Claudio Marchisio, according to a report by Football Insider.
It has been claimed the Gers do not believe it is worth their while to meet the free agent’s wage demands as he would be expected to become the club’s highest earners at 34-years-old.
The former Juventus midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Ibrox after becoming available on a free transfer, following his departure from Zenit St. Petersburg earlier this summer.
In truth, for a player of Marchisio’s quality and technical ability, it was always going to be somewhat a long shot in trying to bring the 34-year-old to Ibrox.
The likes of Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe are believed to be some of the club’s top-earners already, whilst new addition Ryan Kent is thought to have also been handed a contract worth around £20,000-a-week.
Indeed, it would have also been somewhat difficult to have been able to accommodate the veteran into the team as Steven Gerrard already has a large number of central midfield options available to him.
The likes of Joe Aribo and Ryan Jack appear to be thriving in the middle of the park for the Gers, whilst Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, Glen Kamara and Andy King are also equally talented individuals to call upon when required.
It is no surprise that it would appear Marchisio’s wage demands were going to be what kills off any chance of a deal with Rangers and, perhaps, was always going to be the case.
With various reports having emerged recently suggesting the likes of AS Monaco and Porto are both also thought to be interested, the Scottish Premiership outfit were always likely to struggle to convince the 34-year-old that Glasgow would be the best destination for him to play his football.
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