Former PAOK midfielder Toni Gonzalez believes the Greek giants should have few problems replacing Antonio Colak if the striker joins Rangers in a £2.5 million deal, speaking to Metropolis 95.5.
With Mateo Cassierra on his way to Zenit St Petersburg and with Ross Stewart expected to stay at Sunderland, Croatia international Colak has suddenly emerged as Rangers’ number one target as Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ross Wilson look to bring a new number nine to Ibrox.
According to Sky Sports, personal terms have already been agreed. Colak has reportedly snubbed four other clubs in favour of Rangers, having been blown away by the iconic Ibrox atmosphere during last year’s Champions League qualifier with Malmo.
Coming to an agreement with PAOK, however, is proving to be easier said than done.
Manager Razvan Lucescu pointed out on Wednesday night that, if Colak was to leave, PAOK would have just one senior centre-forward on their books ahead of the new Super League season.
Gonzalez, however, insists that Colak is far from irreplaceable.
Rangers will have to pay £2.5m for Antonio Colak
“We all know how football works. Colak is an important player for PAOK. But, last year, he did not prove what he can offer,” says Gonzalez, translated by Metrosport.
Colak, who is valued at £2.5 million, has scored just three goals in 29 games for the Greek giants. That remains a rare blot on his otherwise impressive copybook, however. Colak found the net 22 times on loan at Malmo last term. He also scored 26 and 19 respectively during his final two seasons at Rijeka.
“Lucescu will have to decide what to do,” adds Gonzalez. “I think he is a good footballer. And I am always of the opinion that, when you bring in a player, he should be better than the one you have.
“If you ask me, I can bring you five better than Colak from the Spanish market. From there on, it is another matter whether they will join PAOK.
“I would demand an amount of over 2 million euros.”