Another club's £6m deal appears to have cost Rangers one transfer target, but gained them Filip Helander

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United  at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Rangers-linked defender is reportedly close to joining Steven Gerrard's ranks at Ibrox.

Filip Helander of Bologna FC in action during the serie A match between Bologna FC and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on May 13, 2018 in Bologna, Italy.

One £6 million transfer appears to have simultaneously cost Rangers one of their rumoured transfer targets but gained them another.

It was reported by HLN in Belgium earlier that Simon Deli was due to undergo a medical at Club Brugge, ahead of signing a multi-year contract with the Pro League runners-up - just a day after he emerged as a potential option for Rangers.


But no sooner had news of Rangers' apparent £2.25m near-miss dropped, it was claimed by Aftonbladet in Sweden that another centre-back, Filip Helander, was heading to Ibrox in a deal worth around an additional £2m.


With Deli currently on Slavia Prague's books, and Helander on Bologna's, it is difficult to see how those particular players could be connected.

Simon Deli of Slavia Praha during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Chelsea and Slavia Praha at Stamford Bridge on April 18, 2019 in London, England.

But they are indeed linked by the aforementioned £6m transfer, which took place at the weekend.

It saw another central defender, Stefano Denswil, leave Club Brugge to sign for - you've guessed it - Bologna.

Stefano Denswil defender of Club Brugge celebrates  during the UEFA Europa League, Round of 32, 1st leg match between Club Brugge and FC Salzburg at the Jan Breydel stadium on February 14,...

That subsequently left Brugge a man light in the trio's position, and Bologna a man heavy.

Without it, might it have been Deli, and not Helander, who was moving to Rangers this week?

Will Helander prove a better addition than Deli for Rangers?

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