Mainz beat Rangers in the race to sign Angers midfielder Angelo Fulgini
German outfit Mainz appear to have beaten Rangers in the race to sign Angers midfielder Angelo Fulgini, according to a report from Bild.
The famous German newspaper wrote on their online edition on 11 July that the 25-year-old is set to undergo his medical on Monday at the German club ahead of his move.
Bild reports that the player’s agents had been in talks with the Bears, but the player has changed his mind in the last 24 hours.
Rangers did make several attempts to sign him but the player decided on Sunday that it would be best for him to move to the German club instead.
Mainz are paying a sum of around £4-5 million for the midfielder, which could rise to £6m if the performance-related bonuses are added.
After an inactive month of June, the Bears have secured two very good signings this month on cut-price deals.
They attempted to sign Fulgini, offering lowball bids, but it seems he is now out of their reach. The club should look for options elsewhere now.
It’s a blow in the sense, that the club did make a serious attempt to sign him, but ultimately it came down to the choice of the player.
The Ivory Coast-born Frenchman is now undergoing his medical and the official announcement is expected as early as Tuesday.
The Bears need to bolster their midfield this summer, especially after Joe Aribo has left the club to join Southampton.
Fulgini is a central midfielder who can also operate as a central forward. However, he is most effective playing in the no 10 role.
Considering his age, potential and versatility, he would have been a cracking addition for the Gers, but Mainz have beaten the Scottish giants in this case.
You win some, you lose some.