Alex Rae has revealed that ‘Rangers will be in a good place financially’ with the club ready to launch their fabled Player Trading Model.
A month of constant speculation about clubs joining the race for A, B and C alongside clubs joining a bidding war has yet to produce a single bid for any of the Europa League runners-up.
The optimum time to sell a player is when they have two years left to run on their contract, last summer there wasn’t a sniff of interest in Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent or Joe Aribo.
Those players plus Ryan Jack and Filip Helander can sign pre-contract deals in January but according to Rae the big money bids are about to pour in.
Discussing the impact of selling players to the Daily Record, the former Radio Clyde pundit explained:
It would get the trading model up and running. Whether they want to cash in on all three? That would be a stretch. But it would allow them to spend potentially £20million plus.
I see this as a good opportunity for Rangers. Nathan Patterson was the start of it last year. The Ibrox board can’t keep picking up the tab. With Patterson’s sale and the European run, Rangers will be in a good place financially so the question is: how many will they let go?
You can’t sell all three – Aribo, Kent and Morelos – unless you have really good targets in mind. If you sold all three, you’d be looking at bringing in fortunes. So you could actually go and pay fees Rangers haven’t been able to pay recently.
They could go for £7m or £8m players and look at potential returns of around £25 million. Good teams are freshened up every three or four years.
You can’t just keep going with the same type of players every year. So freshening it up could do them the world of good. Remember, this is Gio’s first real transfer window. This is when we get an idea of what Gio can bring to the table
Earlier this year Sports Direct settled their long running dispute with the Ibrox club for breach of contract while Dave King was chairman, an indication of that pay-off is likely to be found in the lack of incoming transfer activity.
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