Rangers face Roma battle for reported target Leonel Di Placido

Steven Gerrard, manager of Rangers on the side line during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers FC and Blackburn Rovers at Ibrox Stadium on July 21, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers reportedly want Di Placido if James Tavernier goes but Roma are allegedly ready to bring the Lanus defender to Serie A.

Leonel Di Placido (R) of Lanus fights for the ball with Pablo Galdames Millan (L) of Velez Sarsfield during a round of sixteen second leg match between Velez Sarsfield and Lanus as part of...

Rangers surely knew that signing Leonel Di Placido would be easier said than done.

According to talkSPORT, the Gers are interested in bringing the 25-year-old Lanus defender to Ibrox, potentially as a replacement for James Tavernier should the influential skipper be lured away by the bright lights of the Premier League.

 

But, while Di Placido is not exactly a household name on the blue half of Glasgow, he is a very talented defender who has been called up by the Argentina national team within the last 12 months. Rangers, as you might have guessed, are not the only club keen to sign the Buenos Aires-born defender.

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According to Calciomercato, Di Placido also has admirers in Italy. The giants of Roma are interested in a right-back who is equally comfortable playing in midfield, alongside Serie A rivals Sampdoria.

Colombia's Junior player Robinson Aponza (R) vies for the ball with Argentina's Atletico Tucuman Leonel Di Placido (L) during their Copa Libertadores 2017 football match at the Jaime Moron...

Worryingly for Rangers, Roma could be about to step up their attempts to sign after loaning Dutch international defender Rick Karsdorp back to former club Feyenoord last week. Time is running out for the Giallorossi to sign a replacement.

Rangers, however, appeared to be waiting until January to firm up their interest given that a potential move to Ibrox for Di Placido appeared to be resting heavily on Tavernier’s future.

So the Gers have a dilemma on their hands. Do they move for Di Placido now and keep him as a back-up initially? Or do they wait and risk missing out altogether.

After a summer of inspired recruitment, landing Sheyi Ojo, Joe Aribo and Filip Helander, beating Roma to an Argentina defender would be another impressive achievement.

Miguel Borja (L) of Palmeiras of Brazil and Leonel di Placido of Atletico Tucuman of Argentina in action during the match between Palmeiras and Atletico Tucuman for the Copa Bridgestone...

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