The Rangers transfer linked star who 'can't afford his rent' could see deal complicated by Darwin Nunez

Darwin Nunez
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Darwin Nunez may have inadvertently complicated Damian Garcia's move to Rangers - who is reported to be a target for the Scottish giants.

The Uruguayan midfielder is a key player for boyhood club Penarol - who the Liverpool star is an academy graduate of - as his impressive performances this past season have seen him be linked with several clubs, including Rangers, according to South American football journalist and writer Nathan Joyes.

The 20-year-old is in the last six months of his contract at the club and is currently embroiled in a bitter dispute with Penarol with his representative Edgardo 'Chino' Lasalvia sensationally claiming his client is unable to afford his rent.

The businessman sounded off on Garcia's salary, even admitting to helping him with money and claiming that the midfielder was offered a mere "two pesos" by Vice President Eduardo Zaidensztat to extend his contract.

He stated: "What Damian García earns is not good, Penarol can ask for whatever they want, the manager on duty can ask for whatever he wants for the players, because as the vice president (Eduardo Zaidensztat) said, which I heard with an incredible hesitation, the players belong to the club. It's very nice."

Lasalvia pointed out that if the club had secured a percentage of Nunez's £85million move to Liverpool, they'd be in a much better financial position and able to offer Garcia a rewarding extension. "If Penarol had a percentage of Valverde or Darwin Nunez today, as I asked them please, Penarol would have much more money," he remarked.

Atletico Mineiro's forward Paulinho (L) and Penarol's Argentine defender Damian Garcia fight for the ball during the Copa Libertadores group stage second leg football match between Uruguay's Penarol and Brazil's Atletico Mineiro at Campeon del Siglo Stadium in Montevideo on May 14, 2024. (Photo by DANTE FERNANDEZ / AFP) (Photo by DANTE FERNANDEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
Damian Garcia (right) is an academy graduate of Penarol -Credit:(Photo by DANTE FERNANDEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

It's usually common practice for clubs to insert a sell-on clause for a huge talent in the hope that they'd be subject to a sizeable transfer fee in the future but according to Lasalvia, Penarol had refused to listen to him. The club, however, will likely heed his advice this time around if Garcia ends up leaving - meaning Rangers or any other club could have to agree to a sell-on clause.

With Rangers reportedly in the frame for Garcia, Lasalvia suggested a move stateside could be on the cards for his young client, who he believes is worth in excess of £2million. "I really like the MLS for Damián, but there are some other things from Mexico and some other markets," he told Sport 890.