Rangers’ Borna Barisic has been subject to a lot of speculation the past three months. While the Croat has lost form, his stock hasn’t lost anything and he remains Rangers’ most valuable asset, weighing in at around £25M.
Spurs are said to be one of the most prominent admirers, along with Napoli, Roma and a thinner link from Milanese giants AC.
But for now, his agent says one thing then another, and ultimately the former Osijek man is alleged to be one of the overseas players allowed compassionate leave amidst the current crisis and flight back to their homeland.
As for the player, we do sense, over the past few months, his heart has been away from Rangers.
He said one thing himself when he signed the new deal, but the signature changed nothing, and his various suitors still watch him. The only thing his scribble changed was how much Rangers can make from him.
The problem is who replaces him?
Rangers have no one half as good as an in-form Barisic, with the only contenders Halliday and Flanagan. And they won’t cut it.
But money talks – and if/when the right bid comes in for the LB, he will definitely move on.
He bloomed late, with it being in his late 20s before he became world class. And while his levels have dropped this year, he remains the most valuable commodity on our books.
He achieved that on 29th December, with his world class performance at Parkhead, and while we’d like to say he hasn’t look back since, he kind of has.
He’s not been half as good since.
So what happens now? When this crisis is over, and the normality of football slowly starts to permeate life again, Barisic will be Rangers’ record sale by some distance.
With rich clubs after him, Rangers can hold the situation to ransom and possibly break that £25M mark.
And that cash can be used extremely wisely indeed.