Agent trying to get ‘outstanding’ £5m man out of Rangers in January
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Agent trying to get ‘outstanding’ £5m man out of Rangers in January

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Rangers fear having to battle to retain Borna Barisic, with the Croatian’s agent touting the defender to Premier League and European sides for a January transfer.

That’s according to The Scottish Sun, who report the Gers dread clubs will look to raid the Ibrox ranks. Barisic has already been the subject of a failed swoop from Watford, but the Hornets are unlikely to be Rangers’ last threat.

The Premiership holders threw Watford’s pursuit out of the window after the Vicarage Road natives offered £2m. The bid was considered derisory for a 29-year-old who has featured in 22 games so far this season.

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Barisic has also opened all 22 of his appearances this term, while offering two assists from left-back. He created goals against Celtic and Hibernian in games four and eight of the Gers’ Premiership title defence.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has additionally fielded Barisic in all but one of his nine games in charge to date. The Dutchman had to deploy Nathan Patterson against Dundee United last month with Barisic feeling ill.

Watford unlikely to feature in Rangers’ fight to retain Barisic

Van Bronckhorst will hope Barisic remains Rangers’ first-choice left-back after the winter break. But the 23-cap international’s agent is now offering the defender Steven Gerrard called ‘outstanding’ out to potential suitors.

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Barisic’s representative has approached Premier League and European sides to sound out interest in a transfer from Rangers. The Gers would want £5m to sell, per The Scottish Sun, after throwing Watford’s bid out.

The Hornets improved their offer to include £1.5m in potential add-ons, but ended their pursuit after Rangers said no. Claudio Ranieri’s side cannot afford to now meet the Ibrox side’s valuation.

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