Rangers priced out of Sima as Brighton to ask for £20M

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Rangers priced out of Sima as Brighton to ask for £20M
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Abdallah Sima of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Viaplay Cup match between Rangers and Livingston at Ibrox Stadium on September 27, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers’ interest in Brighton winger Abdallah Sima could be over after it was confirmed the Seagulls intend to price the club out of the deal by maximising the market return for their player.

In a bit of a twist, it has emerged that Brighton have no intention any longer of doing Rangers any kind of favour, and in keeping with their usual transfer policy, they intend to maximise profit for the boy by selling to any club willing to shell out their intended £15M+ asking price.

Brighton’s policy is to sign cheap players with a bit of CV, loan them out, get them prepared, then use them for a while in their first team, let them shine, and sell for a King’s Ransom to a Chelsea or a Liverpool, as they did with Mac Allister and Caicedo.

That got them a whopping £150M for an outlay of about £10M total.

Sima cost them £7M and they now have every intention of maximising their return, given how much the Senegal forward has shone at Rangers with his goals return for minutes played.

So any deal to bring him to Rangers permanently is likely to be dead in the water because Brighton want up to £20M for him, and like all their other projects, he shone on loan (even if it took a few attempts) and will earn the Seagulls the big money they want now.

Brighton’s success is buying cheap and selling huge – they’ve done that brilliantly for about 2+ years, and they will continue to.

They have no longer have any intention of ‘writing off’ Sima, and with the exit of Roberto De Zerbi, the suits at the club will do their utmost to wring every penny out of the Sima sale and get at least double what they paid.

So Rangers can consider this one likely to be completely unviable on an economic basis – Sima did score a lot of goals for his minutes, but his injuries alongside a potential £20M price tag make him completely unfeasible.

We’d say it’s time to move onto other targets.

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