Rangers yet to agree Rabbi Matondo personal terms as Schalke expect sale after bid accepted
Rabbi Matondo has not yet fully agreed personal terms with Rangers yet but the Wales forward has been left out of Schalke’s training camp in Austria, according to Patrick Berger.
The Sport1 journalist reported via his personal Twitter account on Sunday afternoon (10 July) that Matondo, 21, will not be with the rest of the Schalke squad as they prepare for the upcoming 2022/23 season in Austria.
Instead, it is understood that the ex-Manchester City player is “free to clarify his future” with negotiations ongoing about a move to Ibrox and talks are set to be held from Monday (11 July) onwards.
Berger reported on 9 July that a fee has been agreed between Rangers and Schalke worth £2.5million and that the Welshman should have flown into the UK on Sunday for his medical.
It remains to be seen whether that medical has taken place but the fact Matondo is yet to agree personal terms suggests it might not be.
It’s odd how Berger suggested on Saturday that a medical would be done by the end of Sunday, only to report later on Sunday that personal terms haven’t even been agreed yet.
We assume there’s been a hold-up at some point and that Rangers might be trying to get the best deal possible with Matondo while the Liverpool-born Wales international could be after as much money as possible.
He’s not a low-earner at Schalke, by any means.
According to German news outlet Waz, Matondo’s contract at Schalke is worth a staggering £48,000-a-week or £2.5million a year..
He’ll no doubt want as close to that as possible from the Gers, who shouldn’t in their right mind offer that much money either.
But Berger’s tweet does suggest that everyone involved in this deal expects it to get done so we can expect Matondo to join John Souttar, Antonio Colak and Tom Lawrence in making the move to Glasgow this summer.