Dijon centre-back Senou Coulibaly is set to be the centre-piece of a transfer tussle between Huddersfield and Rangers this summer.
The speedy defender has been contracted to the French side since 2018, catching the eye this season despite his side only picking up two wins in 32 games and sitting firmly at the foot of Ligue 1.
The legitimacy of the transfer link depends on the source, with Foot Mercato claiming the rumours are genuine whereas Yorkshire Live claim the Terriers are looking elsewhere.
However, the facts speak for themselves. With senior defenders Christopher Schindler, Tommy Elphick, Richard Stearman and Richard Keogh all poised to be out of contract in the summer, Huddersfield may be saddled with a serious centre-half shortage unless swift action is taken.
Ligue 1, meanwhile, is suffering financially under the weight of a collapsed broadcast deal which has left clubs scrambling for money. With Coulibaly signed to a contract at Dijon until 2023, they could raise funds by bringing in a much-needed transfer fee by selling the 26-year-old Frenchman.
However, the interest of Scottish giants and recently crowned champions Rangers could well scupper any potential deal that Huddersfield had in mind. The lure of European football, a thriving squad and the opportunity to work under the guidance of Steven Gerrard may turn Coulibaly’s head away from Championship strugglers Huddersfield, even with the first-team minutes they could offer.
With the Terriers’ Championship survival still hanging in the balance, a potential move for Coulibaly is still well and truly in its infancy. If Rangers do decide to step in, it could present another huge obstacle for Huddersfield to make this transfer a reality.