What’s the story
Marchisio, 33, is currently a free agent and is able to sign with a club outside the transfer window. He’s had reported interest from Monaco and Flamengo since his deal with Zenit came to an end. However, it had been recently mooted that Marchisio had rejected Rangers’ advances and looked set to join Monaco. But that isn’t the case, with Football Italia admitting that Marchisio is still in talks with the Glasgow club above a potential move to Ibrox.
A coup or an expensive mistake?
With Marchisio being 33, his best days may just be behind him. He only played 15 times last season for Zenit in all competitions, but he managed to score twice. In addition to the 15 games, he spent a large chunk of time –66 days – out with Cartlidge damage from February to April and then he underwent knee surgery. That’s the gamble for Steven Gerrard and Rangers that they have to weigh up. On ability alone he would be a massive signing and would instantly become one of the squad’s better players.
But is it worth taking the risk over a 33-year-old despite his undeniable pedigree to have him on the treatment table for a long period of time? Gerrard will know that these types of signings haven’t worked out for Rangers in recent years. They’ve had Joey Barton, Bruno Alves and Niko Kranjcar at different periods time at the club and all three of them failed to work out for various reasons. Marchisio would fall into the same bracket as those three aforementioned players.
If Rangers can get him fit and back to something approaching his best, then, of course, it would be a no-brainer to get this kind of deal done. But the injury concerns may just be the deal-breaker.