Rangers have agreed personal terms with Bologna defender Filip Helander.
Goal report that Steven Gerrard’s side have agreed a three-year deal with the Swedish international, beating off the likes of Turkish sides Basaksehir and Besiktas for Helander‘s signature, with an offer of around €4 million (£3.56m) reportedly enough to get the deal over the line.
The Daily Record also claim that Helander is pushing strongly for a deal to the Scottish side to be completed having fallen out of the starting XI for the Serie A outfit under new manager Sinisa Mihajlovic.
Having played for both Hellas Verona and Bologna in Serie A, Helander would join the Scottish side with plenty of experience in one of Europe’s top divisions. In his four seasons in Italy, the centre-back played 84 games, keeping 13 clean sheets as stats from Transfermarkt show.
Despite losing his first-team spot at Bologna last season, Helander still managed to put up some impressive numbers when looking at the Serie A side’s defensive stats from WhoScored. The Swedish defender managed the joint fourth most tackles per game in the squad with 2.1 as well as making the fourth most clearances with 3.7 per game.
The 26-year-old also averaged the fourth most passes in the Bologna squad with 37.9 passes per game, with a pass accuracy of 79.5%.
At £3.58 million, Helander would be a fairly pricey acquisition for Rangers this summer, but after playing a decent amount of football in Serie A, he could bring another level of experience to a side with only three senior central defenders (George Edmundson, Conor Goldson and Nikola Katic) in its ranks right now.
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