Agent confirms Rangers made offer for Daniele Cipolla before Sassuolo move was agreed

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Rangers were attempting to sign the Italian youth international over the summer.

Rangers have been undergoing something of a major rebuild this summer under Mark Warburton, and the agent of Daniele Cipolla has told TMW that the Gers’ made his client an offer for his services.

He sad: “There had been some approaches by Torino and Sampdoria, but also from abroad clubs were interested in him. The Glasgow Rangers had made an approach for Cipolla. But in the end we felt that the technical bid of Sassuolo was the most appropriate and we have signed an agreement three years.”

Cipolla is considered a bright talent in Italy, and has already won caps at Under-17 level for his nation.

However, his signature was available this summer, as former club Parma - where he progressed through the youth academy - collapsed.

This meant Cipolla was a free agent, and Rangers were one of four clubs looking to sign the highly rated youngster this summer.

However, he opted to stay in Italy and sign with Serie A side Sassuolo, as a means to continue his development.

Rangers may have missed out on Cipolla, but their approach says something for the progressive system Mark Warburton has set up at Ibrox.

He is known as a keen purveyor of youth players, and during his time with Brentford utilised loan deals for players he had been impressed with during the NextGen Series - a competition he helped create.

He has clearly revived the scouting set-up at Ibrox, and finding a player of Cipolla’s potential suggests that it is working - even if the Light Blues missed out on his signature this summer.

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