Rangers could be priced out of Sadiki as Lille enter bidding war

Rangers could be priced out of Sadiki as Lille enter bidding war
Anderlecht's Noah Sadiki celebrates after scoring during a soccer game between Belgian RSC Anderlecht and Swiss BSC Young Boys, Wednesday 24 August 2022 in Brussels, the return game of the play-offs for the UEFA Conference League competition. BELGA PHOTO KURT DESPLENTER (Photo by KURT DESPLENTER / BELGA MAG / Belga via AFP) (Photo by KURT DESPLENTER/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

French press claim Ligue 1 giants Lille are in the hunt for Anderlecht’s rising star Noah Sadiki, the 18-year-old very much said to be in Rangers’ sights while once again, randomly, Dutch side PSV Eindhoven get mentioned.

Just as happened in the clickbait press over Norwich’s Todd Cantwell, Rangers’ Champions League victims have been quoted as a rival in an Ibrox transfer pursuit, this time the young Belgian youth international right back, whose stock is rising significantly.

Now French side Lille, the bidders of that infamous £16.5M submission for Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos which the Ibrox side conspicuously rejected, are looking at young Sadiki as a possible addition.

Sadiki is a very coveted young player, and with sides of this calibre interested in him and their budgets far exceeding what Rangers can offer, it would be very surprising now if Rangers’ interest was to continue beyond this point. Indeed, even matching what a top five league side can offer or that of the Eredivisie giants would be a task for Rangers in itself.

Rangers fans are definitely getting itchy feet on this now, Ibrox Noise is receiving a lot of feedback from concerned supporters who see just 12 days left of the January window and not a single sale or signing made yet. Manager Michael Beale has tried to reassure the fans that things are happening but unfortunately most of his ministrations are a bit vague.

As for Sadiki, a player with this level of quality and talent might actually be a replacement for James Tavernier, never mind Adam Devine, who hasn’t hit the heights Nathan Patterson, for example, did back at Ibrox in the day. But as we’ve lightly pointed out, we can’t actually see anyone taking Tavernier’s place till he retires so we’re not sure why Sadiki would want to join for a place on the bench.

Rangers’ window is quiet – lots of speculation and claims and counter claims, but it’s looking at the moment like Ibrox Noise’s worst fears are being realised with absolutely no signings yet.

We suggested this could be the case some weeks ago and hoped desperately we were being fatalistic, but each passing day without a new addition lends the prediction more weight.

We really need a few new bodies but we’re not sure Rangers are getting them.

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