By Daniel Feliciano

17th May, 2023 | 5:10pm

Rangers move for Arsenal defender Auston Trusty on the ropes as financial stumbling block emerges

Rangers have been met with a financial stumbling block that has put their move for Arsenal defender Auston Trusty in doubt, according to the Daily Record.

The American defender has shone in the English Championship this season on loan at Birmingham City, and has attracted the interest of Michael Beale at Ibrox.

But in an update from Daily Record, Trusty could be priced out of a move to Glasgow with Arsenal looking for around £2m to let him leave.

“Nottingham Forest defender Jonathan Panzo and Austin Trusty are both options that have been considered, although the Ibrox giants could be priced out of a move for the Arsenal stopper,” they wrote (17 May).

Surely not

It was reported back in April that the club would need to sell players to raise funds for the summer window as they had a “limited budget” and it seems that was correct.

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£2m is not a lot of money in today’s game but at Rangers it’s still a pricey deal, especially when there are so many areas that need addressing throughout the transfer window.

Malik Tillman is said to cost around £6m which would be a large chunk of budget gone at Ibrox if he were to stay, and that means Beale would need to do a bit of wheeling and dealing to strengthen elsewhere.

Trusty has had a good campaign this year but whether he is the answer to our central defensive issues is another question entirely.

There has been some speculation that Ben Davies could be allowed to leave a year after signing, and if that were the case that would open up a spot for Trusty to come in. But it would now seem unlikely that this will be one of the deals that gets done early doors.

In other Rangers news, another player has agreed a pre-contract agreement to leave Rangers this summer.