Rangers' move for Bongani Zungu in doubt as talks over personal terms drag on

Clubs in Spain and Italy ready to pounce

South Africa midfielder Bongani Zungu has been courted by Rangers. Picture: AFP via Getty Images
South Africa midfielder Bongani Zungu has been courted by Rangers. Picture: AFP via Getty Images

Talks remain ongoing regarding Bongani Zungu’s potential move to Rangers from French side, Amiens, however there’s still some work to be done on the deal.

The Scotsman reported late last month that the South African international was closing in on a move to Glasgow after a deal worth €4 million (around £3.6m) was agreed with his current employers, and that discussions over personal terms were well underway.

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It’s thought that, in terms of length, a four-year deal – three years with a one-year option – was agreed upon by the parties as the 27-year-old took a step closer to joining Steven Gerrard’s side, but personal terms have still not been finalised and the move has been thrown into doubt.

Zungu is known to be a wanted man with clubs in Spain’s LaLiga and Italy’s Serie A said to be keeping a close eye on his situation, and they may be prepared to swoop in should be it become apparent that the former Vitoria de Guimaraes man is still available.

There had been reports that the player had been in the UK recently ahead of a potential move, though there has been no confirmation of that and – at present – he is currently training with Luka Elsner and his teammates in Northern France.

Gerrard hinted last week that there were signings coming for Rangers after they wrapped up a move for Leon Balogun recently, saying, “I think it's going to be a unique window in terms of ins and outs because obviously some teams have only recently finished, some leagues are still playing, some players are on holiday.

"I think we will have to patient, we are close and I wouldn't be surprised if there's new Rangers players in the coming days."

At this point the actual reasons for the delay regarding Zungu and Rangers remain unknown, but the good news – for now at least – is that the move hasn’t collapsed, and that there’s still time to get a deal over the line if it suits all parties.

On Tuesday Rangers signed striker Kemar Roofe from Anderlecht.

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