High-profile Rangers target and Bologna winger Andreas Skov Olsen are ‘very close’ to a move to Club Brugge, as their regular Champions League millions put it.
According to the Belgian publication Voetbal Krantthe Pro League champions are set to agree an impressive €5m (£4.2m) deal for the 22-year-old Denmark international who is reportedly unhappy in Italy.
This is after extensive links between Rangers and the Danish winger in the press, despite the Ibrox club previously rejecting talks of a bid through a media partner. Heart & Hand.
Club Brugge are also reportedly set to offer Andreas Skov Olsen a better deal than the one he currently has in Serie A, as the Belgian side’s regular involvement in the Champions League shows.
FC Copenhagen have also withdrawn from the race for Skov Olsen.
“FC Copenhagen is chasing more than Vavro, but it’s not Andreas Skov Olsen, although the dream continues there,” said the Danish football journalist. Farzam Abolhosseini.
“Like last time, he was never really close, and good sources say that within days he will sign a bigger deal with Club Brugge than Bologna.”
Club Brugge years ahead of Rangers but transfer model serves as inspiration for Ibrox
Rangers are almost certainly competing on a similar level to the Belgian side, but when it comes to those millions of pounds in Champions League revenue, Club Brugge are far ahead.
Said to be worth around £30m per group stage qualification, it is a land of milk and honey that Rangers have yet to reach in their quest to rebuild after the financial disaster of 2012.
But Club Brugge have tasted regular qualification success in recent years, qualifying for the tournament five of the past six.
This solid foundation has allowed Club Brugge to spend substantial sums on Kamal Sowah, David Okereke and Stanley Nsoki, among many others.
The club have built up a talented squad by investing in a number of these mid-tier transfers with fees ranging from £3-7m. [Transfermarkt].
Some of these players went on to recoup major transfer fees for Club Brugge, such as Odilon Kossounou’s £24million move to Bayer Leverkusen. [Forbes]Wesley’s £22m move to Aston Villa [Guardian] and Krepin Diatta’s £13.5million move to Monaco [GFFNN] stand out.
Indeed, Club Brugge are making thoughtful investments in that £3-7m range and aiming to sell between £10-20m. [Transfermarkt].
Although no deal with Club Brugge for Andreas Skov Olsen has been announced, talk of an asking price of £4m certainly means Rangers’ reported target matches the Belgian club’s successful transfer pattern. .
This model of Club Brugge is something Rangers can aspire to in future seasons, but naturally Champions League money sets the Belgians apart as things stand.
This means that when it comes to competing with clubs like Club Brugge for Denmark international wingers with huge upside potential, Rangers could be just a few Champions League qualifiers away from overtaking them yet.
Plus, it certainly helps when he’s signed as a potential replacement for a Premier League-linked £25m-rated winger.
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