Czech outlet iSport have claimed that Rangers are rivalling Club Brugge for Slavia Prague colossus Simon Deli this summer, after the Ivorian enjoyed an excellent 2018-19 campaign.
The 27-year-old starred for Slavia Prague as they won the Czech First League by five points, as well as reaching the quarter finals of the Europa League – where Deli played every minute of two legs against Chelsea.
In total, the 13-time Ivory Coast international played 36 times in all competitions for Slavia Prague last season, helping his side keep 12 clean sheets. He has just 12 months remaining on his current contract.
In that contract is also a clause that is likely to see Deli leave this summer. That is because Slavia will be forced to accept bids of £2.25million due to a release clause, giving Rangers a chance of landing his signature.
It is believed that Rangers are yet to come to an agreement over the price, with Steven Gerrard’s side not willing to pay the £2.25million figure. But talks are ongoing, though Deli does have an offer from Prague also on the table.
TBR’s view – Rangers need a centre-back like Deli
Yes, Rangers have signed George Edmundson but it leaves Gerrard with just three options at the heart of his defence. He needs four, at least, if he is to remain competitive in both the Europa League and in Scotland.
Deli boasts plenty of experience. He has almost 130 appearances with Prague under his belt and has represented his country 13 times. Europa League know how, as well as winning league titles – he now has two.
For just £2.25million, it seems as though Deli would be a steal – especially after his performances against Chelsea.