Rangers have shown great ambition by tapping into the American market to complete a deal to sign Francis Jacobs from Orange County.
That is according to former Spurs and England number one Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 15-year-old’s prospective arrival at Ibrox.
The Athletic reported on Monday that the Gers have secured an agreement to sign the midfielder ahead of his 16th birthday in March.
Jacobs won’t be able to transfer his registration to Scotland until the next transfer window after he turns 16 (so, the summer 2021 window), if not 18 (the summer 2023 window) at the earliest. (The EU transfer exemptions for minors no longer applies to the UK). https://t.co/1LB1LGpFvg
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However, Andrew Visnovsky has revealed that new Brexit laws could delay the player’s registration by two-and-a-half years.
At the very least, Jacobs’ move is set to be postponed by four months until the summer window.
When asked for his thoughts on the prospective arrival of the American teenager, Robinson told Football Insider:
“He is not a player that we have seen a lot of but that just goes to show the scouting network that Rangers have now.
“We are talking about them signing the youngest ever professional player in America. It shows the ambition of the club by tapping into a different market.
“It is perhaps somewhere where other clubs do not extensively search but they are looking outside the box for top, young talent.”
Jacobs is the youngest footballer in US history – he turned pro in August 2019 at the age of 14 years, four months and 29 days.
He has made two appearances for second-tier US side Orange County.