Rangers defender Borna Barisic has emerged as a summer transfer target for Napoli, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.
The Italian publication claims that the Serie A side are targeting a move for the full-back should their move for primary target Konstantinos Tsimikas fall through. While Napoli are prepared to offer €15m (roughly £13.5m) for the Greek, they have also drawn up a list of alternatives.
Barisic has formed a key part of Steven Gerrard’s defence this season and while the Glasgow outfit’s form has dipped, the Croatian can hold his head up high. The Ibrox side have managed to keep 14 clean sheets out of the 22 league games the 27-year-old has featured this campaign, showing his impact on their performances at the back.
Despite the fact he is a defender, the Croatia international has been one of the key outlets in attack for Rangers this season. No other player has more assists across all competitions than the former Dinamo Zagreb ace, who currently sits top of the charts with a staggering 14 (via Transfermarkt).
His performances have been so good, he was even praised by former Celtic man Kris Commons, who claimed the player was ‘the best in his position in the country’ (Scottish Daily Mail via HITC). The ex-footballer turned pundit was also left stunned by the player’s transformation after he endured a poor debut season with the Light Blues.
It would be a huge loss for Gerrard, especially with Barisic’s superb performances this year. The left-back has been a revelation for the Scottish outfit and his quality in the final-third makes him an important asset to the side.
As highlighted by Commons, Barisic is arguably the best in his position in Scotland, just another reason why losing him will prove detrimental rather than helpful to Gers, who are looking to narrow the gap to the runaway league leaders.
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