According to the Daily Record, Arne Slot, the manager of Feyenoord, has told the club’s board that they need to find suitable replacements for the players who are leaving the club, such as Danilo, who is a target for Rangers.
Rangers have to pay £6.5million to sign Danilo [Daily Record], after their initial offer of £3.5million was turned down by the Dutch champions [The Sun].
The Brazilian striker could join other Feyenoord stars who are on their way out, such as Oussama Idrissi and Sebastian Szymanski.
Slot knows how important Danilo was for Feyenoord last season and wants to make sure they have a similar quality player to fill his role.
Feyenoord are facing a big challenge to keep their squad together after they exceeded expectations last season and attracted interest from other clubs for their key players.
Danilo is one of them, and it is easy to see why Slot is reluctant to let him go, but also why Michael Beale, the Rangers coach, is keen to bring him to Ibrox.
The deal seems to be getting closer, as Beale is said to be a big fan of Danilo [1908.nl] and the player himself is interested in moving to the Scottish league [Daily Record].
Danilo would add a different dimension to Rangers’ attack, compared to their other signings.
They have already brought in Sam Lammers, who is a skillful striker who thrives in the penalty area and finishes off chances created by others, which is not Danilo’s forte.
They also have Cyriel Dessers, another former Feyenoord player, who likes to run into the box and cause problems for the keeper with his smart finishing, soft touch and combination play with his teammates.
Danilo is more versatile and can play deeper as an attacking midfielder as well as a forward [Transfermarkt]. He also presses aggressively from the front.
Having different types of attackers can be very beneficial for a team, and Beale clearly thinks that this is important for Rangers if they want to compete with Celtic in the domestic league and make an impact in Europe again.