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Report: Rangers face daunting battle for £27.5m prodigy Bears deemed an ‘incredible talent’

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Report: Rangers face daunting battle for £27.5m prodigy Bears deemed an ‘incredible talent’

A player reportedly sought after by Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers has emerged as a potential transfer target for a host of new clubs.

Steven Gerrard’s charges and Old Firm rivals Celtic were linked with Atletico Madrid winger Rodrigo Riquelme in March, according to a report from Marca.

However, Turkish outlet Fanatik recently claimed that Fenerbahce also want the young attacker, comparing him to Antoine Griezmann.

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Now, Estadio Deportivo claim that La Liga trio Real Betis, Real Madrid and Valencia are also keen, with La Razon putting German side Hoffenheim’s name into the hat too.

The 20-year-old has come through the Atletico academy and has already made two senior appearances for the senior side including one in La Liga (Transfermarkt).

With his contract expiring at the end of the season and a €30million release clause (£27.5million), the Colchoneros are reportedly looking to tie him down to a new deal.

Riquelme is well known to a number of Rangers fans after his dazzling display against the Ibrox side’s Colts in the UEFA Youth League in mid-February.

The reaction from some Bears on the day said it all:

 

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Rangers fans were treated to a Riquelme masterclass in February ago but, predictably, it hasn’t taken long for reported interest to pile up from other suitors including the Ibrox side’s bitter Glasgow rivals.

La Razon did report in March that Riquelme could sign a new deal and then head to Ibrox on loan, as part of a deal sending Gers striker Alfredo Morelos to Spain.

However, with football currently suspended and the Spaniard’s contract edging ever closer to expiry, it remains to be seen whether he ends up renewing his contract, or instead opts to leave on a free.

Were that the case, it’ll be a tall order for Rangers – or indeed Celtic – to convince him to join permanently with the likes of Real Madrid also having the same objective.

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