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.
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:
Was a good game but Atletico deservedly son comfortably, Riquelme is some player 👏
— Keir Sanderson (@keir_sanderson) February 12, 2020
Riqulme guy is a baller. Some player.
— Bryan R Fotheringham (@BRFotheringham) February 12, 2020
My youngest boy has came home from todays Rangers v Athletico Madrid game raving about the lad Riquelme.
De ja vu kid, de ja vu.
— Elijah 🇬🇧 (@Elijay65511946) February 12, 2020
Incredible talent, can’t wait to see what he does in the future.
— Zander (@zander_staff) February 12, 2020
Tore up our right side all game
— Mark Pettit 🇬🇧 (@Mark24Pettit) February 12, 2020
Made young Nathan Paterson look ordinary, which he is anything but. Star in the making
— Sandy (@a1eq1) February 12, 2020
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.