Borna Barisic’s value isn’t what you think it is

Borna Barisic’s value isn’t what you think it is
FALKIRK, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Borna Barisic of Rangers celebrates with Calvin Bassey and Cedric Itten after scoring their team's third goal during the Betfred Cup match between Falkirk and Rangers FC at Falkirk Community Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Falkirk, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If there’s been one consistent over the past 3 years, it’s been Rangers fans’ belief, ours included, that Borna Barisic at his best was a £25M player.

After all, he’s a Croat international, and they don’t go for pennies, right?

Indeed, the number of stories we’ve seen where fans would reason with us that a player of his CV, of his caps, and for that country in particular automatically meant that his value was at least £20M.

Indeed, we made a case for it ourselves on a few occasions.

But of course the latest stories over Celtic’s Juranovic suggest Croatian player values actually aren’t that great, unless you’re Josko Gvardiol (21).

He’s only 26, he’s played well over 25 times for Croatia, and he plays pretty much in Barisic’s position.

His fee? A modest £15M, with Celtic wanting only that much for him.

It’s been something Rangers fans have avoided – that we have a Croat international that must be worth such and such, failing to notice Celtic have too.

And they, in a stronger financial position to us, only expect around £15M.

Unless you’re a Leipzig superstar like Gvardiol (age counts in his favour as well as the league he plays in) even if you’re a Croat international, you’re not generally worth a huge amount.

Even megastar Ivan Rakitic only hit £60M 4 years ago (at his peak of his Barca days), while Gvardiol is said to worth double that now.

So, if Rangers are to sell near-30-year old Barisic this window, the idea he must be worth a fortune is just blue tinted glasses. He’s lost his place with the NT, and he’s aging. If we get £5M we’ve done very, very well.

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  1. I don’t recall having seen any posts or stories suggesting he’s worth even £10m let alone £20 or £25m. It’s frustrating to see how often his confidence dips and affects his willingness to make the aggressive runs that we see from Bassey. He used to do it … we’ve all seen it! If he stays and gets back in the right mindset, I think he’s worth more than we’d get for him. But if he’s going to be ‘timid Borna’ I’d take £4-5m for him in a heartbeat.

  2. Unfortunately in money terms he is past his peak and strangely has suddenly developed confidence issues. He can still be a big player for us though even if he doesn’t attract big bids. Let’s face it if we had a fully firing Borna Barisic back we’d all be happy.

  3. We were never ever going to get 20 million for him ,as i commented in previous post ,I would take 5 million in a heartbeat ,unfortunatley looks like that might even be high estimate .
    It looks like back up to bassey for season ,could be worse .

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