The Fashion Sakala situation at Ibrox has become very interesting indeed, and the Saudi offer from an ‘unnamed’ team is certainly intriguing.
What we know is this:
An anonymous (no idea why they’re anonymous) Saudi league side has a £4M bid on the table for the Zambia international, which Rangers are said to have accepted.
Rangers are also reported to have told Sakala he’s not part of the club’s plans going forward, and will be nothing more than fringe.
But we also know Sakala wants to stay at Rangers. Despite all the new signings up front, itself a message to him, the ex-Oostende forward doesn’t want to leave.
The offer remains on the table, and Rangers have already told the player we are happy to accept that bid.
The Saudi club in question remains in negotiations and discussions with the player’s agent, and the club – it’s on Sakala now to say yes, which at the moment he’s not interested in saying.
So it’s a fascinating one – he’s got an offer of big Saudi money and the fashionable Saudi league everyone is moving to, Rangers are happy with the bid, and his agent is eager for him to make the move too (no surprise there).
But he doesn’t want to – despite being supposedly told by Michael Beale he’s not a big part of the club now (something Beale has strongly hinted):
So what do we make of this?
Seemingly the club saying to Sakala he’s unneeded but he simply doesn’t want/refuses to go?
Sakala has fans very split – between those inspired by his work ethic, pace and goals, and those who are unamused by his lack of technical quality, selfishness and unintelligence/poor decision-making.
Where does Ibrox Noise stand?
For every moment of mad genius Sakala pulls off, he is guilty of so much wastefulness, of such poor quality and frustrating irritation.
He definitely has fans split, and the fact we’ve signed four forwards is a big signal from Michael Beale to him that he’s surplus.
So what does he do now? Do we whine at him for not leaving and not giving us the £4M, or do we praise him for actually wanting to be at this football club?
Hard one to call, but if Beale doesn’t want you, he doesn’t want you. We accepted, reluctantly, the sale of Antonio Colak and hoped the boss’ decision vindicated him.
The same applies here. Beale’s word is final. And if he doesn’t want Sakala, there’s a decision to make.