According to the Daily Record in their print edition on Thursday (20 July, back page and page 51), Rangers have been facing difficulties in signing Brazilian forward Danilo from Feyenoord, as the Dutch club have failed to secure a replacement for him.
The report claims that Rangers coach Michael Beale has been keen on adding the striker to his squad for the past week, but Feyenoord boss Arne Slot has not agreed to let him go until he finds a suitable replacement.
The Scottish newspaper also reports that Feyenoord have missed out on their preferred target, Sturm Graz striker Emanuel Emegha, who rejected the chance to join the Dutch champions.
This means that Feyenoord have to look elsewhere for a new striker before they can sell Danilo to Rangers.
Discussing the added delay to this transfer saga, Mark Pirie writes: “Rangers will be forced to wait even longer to land Danilo after Feyenoord missed out on a successor for the Brazilian.
“The Dutch side’s boss Arne Slot has demanded the club sign a replacement before Danilo is allowed to leave and it is believed one of their top targets, Sturm Graz striker Emegha has snubbed a move to the Netherlands. It means Beale will have to be patient in his bid to land another striker.”
It is well known that Beale is eager to sign Danilo and he thinks that the Brazilian forward is worth the reported £6million fee for a 24-year-old who scored 10 goals in 14 league starts in the Dutch top flight last season.
Rangers need more firepower to challenge Celtic this season and although they have already brought in two new strikers this summer, Sam Lammers and Cyriel Dessers, neither of them had a great scoring record last season.
Beale is willing to wait for Slot to find a suitable replacement for Danilo, even if that means losing some valuable time to work with him in pre-season.
He hopes that Feyenoord will honour their agreement once they have a new striker in place.