Rangers player scouted by Italian clubs in Braga win

Serie A sides sent representatives to run rule over Croatian ace

Borna Barisic played a key role in both legs against Braga
Borna Barisic played a key role in both legs against Braga

Borna Barisic was the subject of interest for at least two of the scouts representing 25 teams at the Estadio Municipal de Braga, with AC Milan and Roma both running the rule over the Croatian international.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Italy already this term, with Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard revealing interest in the former Osijek man.

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Barisic's rise from error-prone defender to marauding full-back has caught the eye of several teams and Rangers responded by tying the player down on a new and improved deal running until the summer of 2024.

Gerrard said in January: “There has been interest in Borna and there has been for a long time, even when his form wasn’t in a place where it is right now.

“We have no ambition to move him on or to sell him. He is the same as every other player at Rangers. They all have a price, of course they do.

"I’m not going to completely shut it down, but he’s a player I want 100 per cent, that we need 100 per cent and we don’t want him to go anywhere. I’m in contact with, and I’m close enough to the agent, we’ve had dialogue over the last couple of weeks."

Roma planning for the future?

Roma's problems at left-back have been well-documented in the Italian press. The Giallorossi are understood to be looking for an understudy and eventual successor to 34-year-old Aleksandar Kolarov.

However, reports in Rome last month suggested Rangers wouldn't accept anything below €10 million - around £8.6 million - for Barisic, with Roma reluctant to shell out that much for the player.

Should Rangers continue to impress in Europe, it's likely there will be far more clubs than AC Milan and Roma watching the influential left-back.