Van Bronckhorst could land his own Xavi in Harry Winks –

Rangers have already wrapped up seven major signings so far this summer, although with just a under month or so to go until the window closes there could well be further activity for the Old Firm giants.

One name that had been linked back in June was Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks, with 90min suggesting that the Ibrox outfit had been offered the chance to sign the England international, while interest was also brewing from Premier League clubs.

The ten-cap gem – who could reportedly cost in the region of £20m – appears surplus to requirements in north London after enduring a difficult few seasons with the Lilywhites, with a report from late July suggesting that he is now “expected to leave” by the end of the window.

The January arrival of Rodrigo Bentancur – as well as the more recent capture of Yves Bissouma – has enhanced the competition for a midfield berth under Antonio Conte, with Winks likely to be the notable casualty as a result of those new additions.

Cast out by his current side, it could well prove to the gain of those in Glasgow, with manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst set to have a real star on his hands if a deal can be struck in the coming weeks.

Despite his current woes, the £91k-per-week playmaker is undoubtedly a player of real quality and one who could thrive for the Gers this season, having notably been compared to Barcelona legend, Xavi Hernandez, by former boss Mauricio Pochettino.

That comparison will be of particular interest to that of Van Bronckhorst, with the 47-year-old having played alongside the serial-winning Spaniard during his spell at the Camp Nou, with the pair notably winning the Champions League together in 2006.

The former Feyenoord boss will then be fully aware of just how talented the diminutive genius was, with Xavi arguably ranking among the finest in his position to have ever played the game, such was his majestic quality with the ball at his feet.

The now-retired ace – who is currently the man at the helm in Catalonia – was a truly gifted playmaker in his pomp, showcasing that effortless ability to run a game from his central midfield berth, without the need for speed, strength or a towering statue.

Although Winks has suffered a notable decline in recent times, the 26-year-old also has that innate ability to dictate the tempo in the centre of the park despite his slight frame, having notably been dubbed “clever” by Nick Godwin.

Also labelled a “baller” by one source, the Hemel Hempstead-born menace has even recorded impressive statistics amid his recent slump, notably ranking in the top 2% for progressive passes and the top 12% for attempted passes among those in his position across Europe’s top five leagues, showcasing his willingness to play the ball forward and get his side on the front foot.

After seeing Joe Aribo depart for Southampton last month, adding such a quality, ball-playing midfielder to the Rangers’ ranks such as Winks could well be vital, with Van Bronckhorst knowing full well the benefits of having a Xavi-esque player in any side.

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