By Alex Stevens
Rangers have not given up hope of preventing wonderkid Billy Gilmour from joining Chelsea, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim that, contrary to reports earlier on Monday that the highly rated young playmaker, 15, will move to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth £500,000 in the summer, no deal is yet in place.
It is said that Chelsea are in pole position to sign Gilmour but talks have not yet been concluded on the transfer.
This means that the Rangers academy sensation could still remain at Ibrox or, alternatively, head to one of the many other clubs chasing his signature.
Europe’s premier clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona, are keeping close tabs on a player rated as one of the outstanding talents produced by Scottish football in the last 20 years.
It will take a fee of £500,000 to prise Gilmour from Rangers and secure the signing of the youngster, although he would not be able to move until he turns 16 on 11 June.
Ex-Rangers manager Mark Warburton pleaded with Gilmour to ignore the attention from Premier League clubs and develop his game at Ibrox.
Chelsea have signed some of the world’s top young talent over the last decade but most end up being loaned back out or sold on for a profit rather than break into the club’s first team.
Football Insider verdict:
One thing is for certain. If Gilmour is indeed on the verge of joining Chelsea, he has only a slim chance of making it as a first teamer at the club. History tells us that the vast number of top young talents produced or signed by the Premier League giants during the Roman Abramovich era either rot in the reserves or end up carving out a career away from Stamford Bridge. That is not to say Gilmour can’t develop his game in the Chelsea academy, or go on to become a top-level player, but the chances of him doing so for the senior side are remote, to say the least.
In other Rangers transfer news, Caixinha has lined up his first four signings, with deals done for three of them.