Can Angers make a big profit on Rangers loanee Lassana Coulibaly?

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Lassana Coulibaly swapped Ligue 1 for the Scottish Premiership in the summer when he joined Rangers from Angers.

Lassana Coulibaly of Rangers is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has been open about his desire to sign loan star Lassana Coulibaly on a permanent deal, as reported by the Daily Record.

"We would love to have Lassana on a full-time basis,” Gerrard said in August of the tough-tackling midfielder, who arrived on a temporary basis from Angers in the summer.

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Coulibaly has certainly made an impact at Ibrox. The 22-year-old has been hugely impressive in his six Scottish Premiership appearances so far and has looked a cut above in Europe, too, adding energy and tenacity to a midfield that had looked one-paced last season.

 

According to the Daily Record, Coulibaly has a contract with Angers until 2021. So the Ligue 1 side hold all the cards and could expect to earn a decent profit on a player they signed from Bastia in 2017 for just £1 million.

If the Mali international continues to impress in Glasgow, Rangers should be willing to pay far more than £1 million to buy out the years left on his Angers contract.

Lassana Coulibaly of Rangers is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Now, the Gers showed a willingness to splash the cash last summer, paying over £2 million for Connor Goldson, Borna Barisic, Nikola Katic and Eros Grezda.

And Coulibaly could be worth every penny after proving himself in Scotland’s top flight.

Rangers' Malian midfielder Lassana Coulibaly (L) kicks the ball as Villarreal's Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla approaches during the UEFA Europa League group G football match between...

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