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Report: AS Roma join Rangers in race to land defender

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Report: AS Roma join Rangers in race to land defender

Italian outlet CalcioMercato have claimed that AS Roma have joined Rangers in the race to sign Lanus defender Leonel Di Placido this summer, after the Gers were linked earlier this week.

TalkSPORT claimed earlier this week that 25-year-old right-back Di Placido is a target for Rangers, with the Gers keen on the Argentine star as James Tavernier continues to be linked with a move away from Ibrox.

Crystal Palace continue to be linked with Tavernier and Steven Gerrard may look to bring in Di Placido before the end of the summer window, ahead of a possible Premier League move for Tavernier in January.

 

Di Placido has impressed over the last 12 months and even got called up to Argentina’s national squad last December. It is believed he is available for just £1million, after he entered the final 12 months of his contract.

TalkSPORT claimed Rangers are rivalling French side Amiens after Emil Krafth joined Newcastle, while Spanish sides Espanyol and Leganes are keen. Now, CalcioMercato reckon Roma and Sampdoria are keen.

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TBR’s view – Can Gerrard beat Roma to Di Placido signing?

The advantage that Rangers have over Roma could be the ability to offer first-team football, if Tavernier leaves.

A move to Roma would see Di Placido join as cover, and the chances are that the Argentine would be sold within two years of joining the Serie A giants – given the turnover of players at the Stadio Olimpico.

Rangers do not need Di Placido if Tavernier does stay, but the chances are that the former Newcastle defender may eventually leave Ibrox. At just £1million, Di Placido is a bargain but Gerrard has a tough fight on his hands with Roma keen.

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