Belgian outlet Voetbal Nieuws report Leeds and Rangers are two of nine clubs across Europe that want to sign Standard Liege star Nicolas Raskin – with Barcelona, Fiorentina and Marseille also keen. He prefers a move to England.

Raskin, 21, has been demoted to the club’s second team after talks over a new deal collapsed. Fabrizio Romano reported earlier this week that the Belgium U21 star wanted to resolve his future. Now, he will look to leave the club.

First choice for Liege, Raskin is a five-time Belgium U21 international. Raskin has clocked up 96 appearances for his boyhood club at first-team level. But his current contract with Liege is due to expire at the end of the current season.

The report claims Leeds are still interested in Raskin having been previously linked. He is said to prefer a move to the Premier League – and Leeds are the only club from England linked. Rangers are looking at a move to sign him at Ibrox.

Marseille, Lille Galatasaray, Fiorentina, Club Brugge, Genoa and Barcelona are also keen on him. It is unclear how much he would cost given his contractual situation. His current side Liege offered him £30,000 to remain, but he rejected it.

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Leeds and Rangers want to sign Liege star Raskin, Barcelona also keen

Raskin is already showing the kind of potential that will see him impress in Europe’s top-five leagues. Despite being a box-to-box midfielder renowned for his work rate and passing, he has still managed to have a hand in 18 goals.

Keen on a move to the Premier League, there are not many better in terms of clubs – for a young player to join. Jesse Marsch is more than willing to give young players a go. Mateusz Klich is going, so signing Raskin makes sense.

But the competition is large. Leeds lack European football and are some way away from being able to challenge for it. The majority of the other clubs, including Rangers, have European ambitions. Plenty to do for Leeds, then.

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