Oscar Cortes to Rangers at risk as firm Lens transfer stance revealed

Rangers star Oscar Cortes
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Rangers have been told they'll need to fork out £4million if they want to sign Oscar Cortes on a permanent deal.

The exciting Colombian starlet joined on loan from Lens in January and his pace and trickery lit up Ibrox as Philippe Clement finally added an out-and-out winger to the squad. Cortes looked promising in his first couple of months and even opened his goal account in a 5-0 annihilation of Hearts.

But the talented attacker's season was brought to a premature end when he suffered what Clement described as a 'severe muscle injury', forcing the 20-year-old to undergo surgery. Rather than head back to France, Cortes has continued his rehab at Auchenhowie alongside crocked Brazilian striker Danilo as the pair put in the hard graft in their recovery programme.

Gers boss Clement is keen to keep the winger for next season and it's believed the Glasgow giants have been locked in discussions with Lens over a reduced fee. However, the Rangers Review reports that the Ligue 1 club are sticking to their valuation of £4million as they look to recoup the same fee they paid Millonarios just 12 months ago.

That has cast doubt over his chances of completing a permanent switch to Ibrox, with Rangers already obligated to pay FC Nordsjælland for the services of Mohamed Diomande.

The Light Blues have freed up a significant chunk in wages by offloading five out-of-contract players. It was confirmed today that Ryan Jack, Kemar Roofe, Borna Barisic, John Lundstram and Jon McLaughlin had all departed Ibrox following the expiry of their deals.