A report in Sweden’s Aftonbladet claims that Bologna centre-half Filip Helander is heading to Ibrox to tie up a deal to join Glasgow Rangers.

This would be excellent timing for the Europa League’s second qualifying rounds, if Gers boss Steven Gerrard feels he needs him for the two matches.

The report suggests that Rangers are willing to pay a fee in the 50 million kroner range (£3 million) and that he will sign a three-year deal.

On June 27, Tuttomercatoweb reported there had been an approach from Turkish side Basaksehir, but Helander seems to prefer playing in Glasgow to Istanbul for this season.

The Swedish international has been with the Serie A side since 2017 and only featured in 23 appearances in all competitions last season.

Helander is 6ft 4in, and surely must be exceptionally good in the air, but can he cope with the battles that lie ahead of him in the SPFL, and will he pass his thorough medical.

He is reputed to be comfortable on the ball and a decent passer, but what if his injury history let’s him down again? Remember young Jordan Rossiter anyone?

Why did he fall out of favour at Bologna towards the end of the season’s campaign, playing just three times from the end of January onwards?

With two years left on his Italian contract, it might have been expected for Rangers to pay more money for his services, but is he damaged goods?

I can only guess that Rangers have been given a discount due to their manager being prepared to let him go.

Aftonbladet explains that the sides have agreed the fee and the player has accepted his personal terms by Rangers, with just the formalities to complete.


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