By Wayne Veysey
Bologna defender Filip Helander is set to undergo a Rangers medical as he finalises a £3.5million move, Football Insider has learned.
The Glasgow giants have agreed a fee for the Sweden international, 26, and he has been granted permission to put the finishing touches to the transfer.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club have pencilled in a medical for Helander and the deal could be finalised within the next 48 hours.
Helander will become Rangers’ eighth summer signing after the arrivals of Joe Aribo, George Edmundson, Jake Hastie, Steven Davis, Jordan Jones and Greg Stewart on permanent deals and Sheyi Ojo on loan.
The fee for the Swede will be comfortably the highest that Rangers have paid this summer -as well as their highest since financial meltdown at the start of the decade – and he will join Edmundson in competing with Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic for the two centre-back roles.
Rangers are convinced they are getting a top-quality player who has represented Sweden 10 times, including in last summer’s World Cup, and has extensive Serie A experience.
Helander has been playing his football in Italy for four years, having first joined Hellas Verona from his first club Malmo in 2015 before switching to Bologna a year later.
Rangers have made their move after the 6ft 4in defender struggled to find consistent playing time last season after Sinisa Mihajlovic replaced Filippo Inzaghi as coach.
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