Rangers are interested in Slavia Prague defender Simon Deli, according to reports.
According to iSport via the Daily Record, Steven Gerrard’s search for a new centre-back this summer has led him to the Czech Republic and to Ivory Coast international Deli, who reportedly has a release clause of €2.5 million (£2.24 million).
Rangers face competition from Club Brugge for the 27-year-old’s signature, who only has one year left remaining on his current deal at Slavia Prague. Deli has made seven international appearances for the Ivory Coast over his career but was not selected for this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations.
With just three centre-backs in the senior squad in the form of Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and summer signing George Edmundson (per Transfermarkt), it is understandable as to why Gerrard is looking for extra depth in this position of the team, and Deli could be a good addition if Rangers are able to get a deal across the line.
At 27, Deli would be the oldest centre-back in the Rangers team if he was to join, adding experience to a fairly young Gers central defence with an average age of just 23, and his record with Slavia makes for promising reading.
The Ivorian has played 128 games for the Czech giants in his five seasons at the club, winning two league titles as well as playing 23 times on the continental stage in both the Europa League and Champions League.
Deli was also named the second-best defender in the Fortuna Liga during the 2016/17 season (per iDNES) as Slavia claimed their first league title in eight years.
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