Rangers FC left-back Borna Barisic has been a key figure in Steven Gerrard’s side last season and he has been linked with several big clubs this summer.
A few major English sides have been linked with the Croatian international and the latest reports have claimed that EPL giants Arsenal are also interested in signing him.
The 28-year-old played in 30 Premiership games for Rangers during the 2020-21 season and with Arsenal eager to bring in reinforcements, it’s not a massive surprise that Mikel Arteta is eager to bring him on board.
But despite all the buzz, ex-Celtic man Frank McAvennie believes the Gunners are not likely to sign Borna Barisic this summer.
“He’s not going to go to Arsenal, not a chance,” McAvennie told Football Insider. “They already have Tierney so there’s no way they are going to sign him. No disrespect to Rangers but a Premier League move is hard to turn down.
“Even if he goes to the bottom teams just for the money, that’s fine. He’s a mainstay at Rangers.
“But if he wants Europe, it won’t be Arsenal. They didn’t even get that new conference league. They can forget about it. They have a week’s holiday in Barcelona, that’s it. I imagine Barisic will only move to a club who play in Europe.
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“That said, the Premier League is a big draw. The money they have can set you up for life.
“We’ll have to wait until the offer comes in but it will be a blow to Rangers if he goes. He’s been brilliant.”
Arsenal spent a significant amount of money on Kieran Tierney just two years ago so there’s no way Arteta will want to bring in another left-back this summer. Borna Barisic is a wonderful player but he’s more likely to join Leeds United rather than Arsenal.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been tracking the full-back for a really long time and some reports claim the Elland Road outfit have made the Rangers man one of their top transfer priorities this summer.
There’s no way Arsenal will be ready to spend money on Borna Barisic, especially when they have other areas to sort out but that does not mean Rangers are certain to hold onto him beyond the ongoing transfer window.