Gennaro Gattuso has told the Daily Record that Rangers are about to complete a bargain in signing defender Filip Helander from Serie A side Bologna this summer.
The Record also claimed in the report that a fee will be in the region of £3.5million for the colossal Sweden international, as the 26-year-old closes in on a move to Ibrox after a difficult season at Bologna.
The eight-time Sweden cap clocked up just 23 outings for Bologna last season in all competitions. He was considered first choice during the first half of the season, but tailed off after the turn of the year.
Former Rangers midfielder Gattuso, who managed AC Milan last season, is a big fan of Helander and is confident that Steven Gerrard is pulling off an excellent deal to sign Helander this summer.
“It’s big money for Rangers but he’s a good player at that price when you consider the market at this moment. It’s incredible that some players are costing 50 or 55m euros,” Gattuso said. “Rangers have done good business.
“He has the right mentality to be successful there. He is very focused, very determined. He is also the kind of player who likes to fight. He’ll be good for the team and the Scottish league.”
TBR’s view – Helander the missing piece of Rangers jigsaw
Rangers definitely need four centre-backs as they look to reach the group stages of the Europa League for the second successive season. With Nikola Katic, Connor Goldson and George Edmundson, they have a good base.
But the Gers need an experienced centre-back to help Katic and Edmundson develop. Katic is currently first choice, but the Croat still has the odd mistake in his game and showed that in the 4-0 win over St. Joseph’s.
Bringing that experience to Ibrox in the form of Helander will not only boost Rangers on the pitch, but help them enormously off of it.