Sources: Atalanta to bid £3M for Ross McCausland

Sources: Atalanta to bid £3M for Ross McCausland
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 29: Ross MaCausland of Rangers celebrates after James Tavernier scores from the penalty spot during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Heart of Midlothian at Ibrox Stadium on October 29, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Atalanta are set to offer a £3M bid for Ross McCausland in January, if the playmaker hasn’t sealed a new contract by then, according to Ibrox Noise sources in Italy.

The attacker, out of contract next summer, is vulnerable to to Premier League sides at a modest £300,000 due to cross-border rules on U24s and development fees, but the Italian side, keen on McCausland and rivalled in Serie A by Jose Mourinho’s Roma for his signature, are hoping to steal a march on the transfer hunt by convincing Rangers to accept their interest before he’s out of contract.

McCausland is free to discuss with any club in January, and sign a precontract if he doesn’t sign a new Rangers deal before then.

Atalanta don’t want to lose out on the playmaker to a Premier League club for nothing in the summer or lose him for a modest number to one in January, and are willing to invest a bit more earlier to nab the boy’s signature, in line with a tonne of Scottish-based players moving to Serie A in recent years.

If McCausland doesn’t sign a new deal soon, it would leave Rangers with a decision to make should the Italian side make the bid in January, because while his potential value is much higher than £3M, that’s a heck of a fee for a player 6 months to go on his deal.

But of course, the Northern Ireland international would have to have agreed a precontract first, for the Italians to know bidding £3M to free him in January would be worth the investment.

What Rangers know though is we do hold all the cards – just get the boy signed up and Atalanta won’t be a problem.

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