By Doug Ward

6th May, 2021 | 2:27pm

Rangers will have to stump up 'Substantial' fee to sign Carlos Mendes Gomes

Rangers will have to “stump up a substantial fee” to sign Morecambe winger Carlos Mendes Gomes in the summer, according to the Scottish Sun.

The newspaper reports [print edition, May 6, page 56] that Steven Gerrard faces a lot of competition in the race to sign the 23-year-old with Brentford, Swansea, Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall and Rotherham also interested.

While Gomes’ contract is currently set to expire in the summer, Morecambe have the chance to trigger a 12-month extension clause, which means the Gers will have to fork out a fee to land the “highly-rated” attacker.

Kent back-up?

We hope that Ryan Kent isn’t going anywhere in the summer but Mendes is someone who’s played a similar role at Morecambe this season that Kent has done at Rangers.

Mendes, who was born in Senegal but has Spanish citizenship after moving there as a child, has scored 15 goals in 42 appearances for Morecambe in England’s League Two this season.

According to transfermarkt, he’s played in almost every attacking position, playing on either wing and even as a centre-forward.

The former Atletico Madrid academy player has been in superb form at Morecambe and there’s no real shock in reports that he’s attracted attention from elsewhere.

While the Scottish Sun is reporting that it’ll take a “substantial” transfer fee to pry him away from the English League Two side, we don’t think it’ll cause too much of a dent in Gerrard’s transfer budget.

At the end of the day, money is sparse in the lower reaches of football, especially at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mendes’ form is bound to attract bids and based on what we’ve read, we wouldn’t mind him as someone to add some extra depth to Gerrard’s squad and potentially shadow Kent.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are in advanced talks over a five-figure behind-the-scenes agreement.