Reports: Gerrard’s Villa to make summer move for Rangers defender

Reports: Gerrard’s Villa to make summer move for Rangers defender
NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Aston Villa at Carrow Road on December 14, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa have been linked with a surprise move for Filip Helander this summer, the currently-injured Swede being out till the end of the season and out of contract next summer year.

Gerrard was a big admirer of the ex-Bologna man who is rated around £6M, but his injury history isn’t the best as Rangers fans know only too well.

Of course, there is Dorrans-itis and Rossiter-itis where perennially-injured Rangers players have secured fitness on exit from Ibrox, so that is probably coming into the ex-manager’s thinking if he is indeed interested in the Swedish international.

Truth be told a fit Helander is a top, top class defender, but at Ibrox he’s been persistently unable to nail that fitness down and has only managed sub-70 appearances in over 3 years in Govan.

Would this deter Gerrard?

He’s not made any signings of a Rangers persuasion, including young Rory Wilson who remains a Rangers player despite all the hype two months ago, so we don’t know if he actually wants any of our players or not, but Helander is a fine stopper if he can keep fit.

But that’s a big if.

There’s also the question of his current market value being a lot less given he’s just over that one year left on his deal. So Rangers would be fortunate to get what they paid, around £3M.

We’ll see if this story develops.

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  1. Take the money if offered. Its just not worked out for Phil can use the cash for a replacement

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