Galatasaray came very close to 11th hour Rangers signing

Galatasaray came very close to 11th hour Rangers signing
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Joe Aribo was a last minute target for Turkish giants Galatasaray, according to Nigerian media, with the attacking midfielder late for his country’s camp, something which had manager Gernot Rohr rather upset.

Word from Nigerian press is the playmaker’s agent met with Galatasaray representatives on Tuesday to discuss terms, but the offered numbers didn’t appeal and Aribo did not join his agent in Istanbul as a result.

And if there is truth in this, then Rangers had potentially agreed a transfer fee.

We find this story bizarre. But Rohr was on record as being disappointed in Aribo’s late arrival:

“We are ready, we still have two or three players missing, they will come tonight or tomorrow. “These players were worried about transfer issues, so they couldn’t be with us from day one.”

Those players included Aribo, so unless his international manager was lying, this is a real story.

It all begs the question of how much was offered to Rangers to potentially take this to Aribo agreeing terms, given just how essential the Nigerian is to Rangers’ system.

He’s an ever-present and has been one of the most in-form players the past calendar year. This story was kept well away from the press until Rohr let the cat out of the bag, and it seems like Rangers came very close to selling the big man.

This would have been a disappointing one to lose, and we’re glad it fell through.

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  1. Its time the directors and manager had a press conferance and told the fans the whts going on and truth no bs its a terrible way to work stevie g has told the fans on numerous occassions no1 is bigger thn the club so why is goldson who is not our best C H holding club to ransom get him out the door he is only wanting money not interested in the club tht reserected his career

  2. Sure we did resurrect Goldson’s career but does that mean he should forever play with no ambition to play at a higher lever and double or triple his wages. We’ve had good value out of Goldson and he deserves to have the same ambition as any other player. And he IS our best centre back. Ask Gerrard.

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