Rangers Look to Revive Interest in Speedster Once Touted for Real Madrid and Barcelona

Rangers Look to Revive Interest in Speedster Once Touted for Real Madrid and Barcelona

Rangers are exploring several potential signings this summer as manager Philippe Clement prepares for the Champions League qualifiers. Acknowledging that the squad needs reinforcement, Clement, with the assistance of recruitment head Nils Koppen, is focused on strengthening the team.

Among the new names being considered, a familiar figure has re-emerged. According to Soccernet, Rangers are once again interested in Bright Osayi-Samuel, a player they previously pursued during Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s tenure. The Nigerian media outlet reports that the versatile winger, now a teammate of former Rangers player Ryan Kent at Fenerbahce, has caught Rangers’ attention following his positional shift and impressive performances.

Rangers previously attempted to sign Osayi-Samuel on a pre-contract agreement two seasons ago. With his future at Fenerbahce now uncertain, he is once again a viable target. Osayi-Samuel, who transitioned from winger to right-back, has openly discussed his ambitions:

“The plan for me right now is just to wait and see,” Osayi-Samuel told Football Live. “Everyone in Turkey knows that my ambition is to play in the Premier League one day. If the timing is right this summer, hopefully, I will find the right club. My agent and father are handling discussions with clubs, so that’s all I can say for now.”

Despite previous high praise from a former Turkey international, who claimed Osayi-Samuel “could play for Real Madrid or Barcelona,” the move to a top club did not materialize. However, the 26-year-old now has interest from Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Osayi-Samuel’s transfer value, once as high as £5 million at QPR, could be significantly lower now, with Fenerbahce reportedly willing to accept a bargain fee, as suggested by journalist Alan Nixon.

Rangers face a dilemma with existing right-back options, such as James Tavernier and Dujon Sterling. Yet, given the need for full-backs who can contribute offensively, Osayi-Samuel’s speed and versatility make him an attractive option. If Tavernier’s potential move to Saudi Arabia goes through, Rangers could push to secure Osayi-Samuel. Even if Tavernier stays, adding quality on the right wing with Osayi-Samuel might be a prudent move for Clement and his squad

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