Rangers are reportedly interested in raiding an Argentinian side for one of their most in-form players, but the move could have detrimental effect one of Steven Gerrard’s more recent signings.
The Gers made a surprise move for United States international Matt Polster back in January, after the right-back’s contract at MLS side Chicago Fire came to an end. He is considered back-up to captain James Tavernier.
TalkSPORT claimed this week that Rangers are now looking to sign another right-back, this time in the form of Leonel Di Placido from top-tier Argentine side Lanus – after the 25-year-old entered the final 12 months of his deal.
Rangers are keen on landing the defender – who was called up to Argentina’s national side last December but failed to come off the bench. It is believed Rangers are not alone in their pursuit of Di Placido.
Indeed, Espanyol, Amiens and Leganes were linked by TalkSPORT, while CalcioMercato suggested giants AS Roma and Sampdoria are also keen. It is believed Di Placido has been targeted, with James Tavernier’s future in doubt.
Though the English window has closed, it is believed Di Placido could be signed now ahead of the January window in case the Gers skipper does decide to leave. Crystal Palace are said to be keen.
But at a bargain £1million, as per TalkSPORT, Rangers may be tempted to bring in the Di Placido and look to keep Tavernier, too. Signing Di Placido and either keeping Tavernier or offloading the skipper, is a blow to Polster.
The American star would have been first choice if Tavernier leaves, as he remains second choice. But Di Placido would put paid to that. Keeping Tavernier and signing Di Placido would make Polster third choice.
Whatever happens, winning the race for the Argentine will surely make Polster consider his future.