Rangers ‘monitoring’ £5M Spain U21 Champions League & Barca star

Rangers ‘monitoring’ £5M Spain U21 Champions League & Barca star
Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Pablo Torre and Viktoria Plzen's Czech forward Tomas Chory (back) vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match FC Viktoria Plzen v FC Barcelona in Plzen, Czech Republic, on November 1, 2022. (Photo by Michal Cizek / AFP) (Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images)

Rangers are preparing for Malik Tillman’s potential return to Bayern and potentially a replacement for both Ianis Hagi and Alex Lowry as the club looks to shore up the attacking midfield slot by way of interest in Barcelona’s Pablo Torre.

Tom Lawrence’s future at Rangers is equally far from assured, and despite having a staggering number of AMs on the payroll, just Todd Cantwell is long-term and currently fit, meaning there really is just the one significant option there that the club can look to for the future.

Meaning it’s a position the club needs new blood in, and Torre, whose contract at the Camp Nou has three years still to run, could be a valuable loan deal unless Rangers have around £5M to spare on him.

The current Spain U21 international, just 20, same as Tillman, has 8 senior appearances for the Catalans this season, with no goals and a couple of assists, but he has an impressive three Champions League appearances and a goal, which is more than can be said for the bulk of the Rangers squad.

He’s mainly an attacking midfielder, which means Rangers’ interest does suggest a desire to get new talent in there given Scott Arfield is most certainly aging and isn’t known for being creative, and he’s just one of, as we said, around six options there who isn’t really an answer for the long term.

Is Torre long term? Well, unless Rangers pay the £5M asking price, it’s just a loan, but then it worked out for Ryan Kent who came as a loan and became a permanent, like Defoe and Davis, even if both of them were far beyond the wrong side of 30.

But we’re yet to know for sure if Torres is one we’re seriously in for – his CV is decent but so was Tillman and while he’s not been a failure, his inability to rise up for the big matches was very much his downfall.

Torres already has a full Champions League goal which is quite the achievement at his age. We’ll see if this is a serious one or just agent talk again.

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