This article forms part of our Transfer Scenario feature, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at a recent transfer rumour and suggests what the potential consequences would be, should a deal be completed.
Rangers have been linked with a move for Claudio Marchisio recently, with RMC Sport reporting that the Light Blues are keen on acquiring his services.
The former Juventus midfielder is a free agent this summer after agreeing to terminate his contract with Russian outfit Zenit St. Petersburg a year earlier than scheduled, having played just 15 times.
The 33-year-old’s availability is thought to have alerted the likes of AS Monaco and Brazilian club Flamengo; however, there could be the possibility that Rangers are well-positioned in the race for the former Italy international.
Marchisio took to Facebook in 2016 once he learnt about Steven Gerrard’s retirement from the professional game and decided to leave him a rather glowing eulogy, as he praised the impact the Englishman had on his own game.
He wrote: “I watched you on the TV as a child. For me one of the strongest and most complete midfielder players that I have ever seen and never met on the pitch. A legend and an emblem of your club. An example both as a person and a player! Good luck with everything.”
Indeed, that could turn out to be a good omen for those at Ibrox, however, as with every single transfer that happens, there will be some potential consequences, good and bad, that the Bears will need to consider should they manage to bring the experienced midfielder to Glasgow. These are just a couple of them…
Quality and experience added
There is no denying just how good of a signing Marchisio could be for Rangers if they were able to pull off what would have to be considered a huge coup.
The veteran midfielder has bags of experience, whilst he also has the winning mentality that the Gers, perhaps, lack as he has been hugely successful during his playing career to date.
Throughout his career, he has played 435 matches across all competitions, scoring 39 goals and providing 44 assists (Transfermarkt), which included winning no less than seven Serie A titles with the Old Lady, whilst he was also a two-time Champions League runner-up.
That winning-mentality could help Gerrard to get his hands on his first piece of silverware as Rangers boss, whilst it could also help them to finally put an end to the dominance of Scottish football shown by their Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Further congested central midfield
Although it may be all well and good bringing a player of Marchisio’s quality and calibre to Ibrox, it would be a pretty pointless, and perhaps, expensive move in terms of weekly wages – he was said to be earning between €6m and €6.5m (£5.4m and £5.8m) at least at Zenit – to sign him if he were unable to fit into the team.
Indeed, that might just be an issue that faces Gerrard if he were to land the player that appeared to idolise him during his own playing days.
To say Rangers are stoked with central midfield options would be putting it lightly as the Light Blues have numerous options available at the moment that all offer a degree of quality.
Gerrard can already call upon the likes of Andy King, Scott Arfield, Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo as they are all fighting for their place in his central midfield at the present moment.
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