Bristol City have been joined new clubs in the race to sign Barry Douglas, according to a recent report from Football Insider.
It had previously been claimed that the Robins were keen on signing the defender ahead of the new league campaign, which is set to get underway in August.
Atalanta United and Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir have both now entered the race to try and strike a deal with Douglas, and it appears as though the full-back will have a tough decision to make on his future ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Douglas is set to become a free-agent at the end of this month, with his contract with Leeds United not being renewed by the Premier League side, after spending this year’s campaign on loan with Blackburn Rovers, and his strong showings evidently haven’t gone unnoticed.
He made 44 appearances in total for the Yorkshire-based team, which included playing his part in their promotion-winning campaign last term, whilst under the management of Marcelo Bielsa.
Bristol City could have been a temping offer for Douglas, with the Robins looking to challenge for a top-half finish in the Championship in the 2021/22 season.
It was a frustrating league campaign for Nigel Pearson’s side this term, as they finished 19th in the second tier standings, after some poor results, much to the frustration of the Ashton Gate faithful.
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It’ll be interesting to see which club wins the race to sign Douglas this summer.
I was impressed by his performances for Blackburn Rovers during the 2020/21 season, but I wasn’t surprised to see him not have his contract renewed with Leeds United, as they have better options available to them, as they prepare for another year in the Premier League.
Atalanta United and Istanbul Basaksehir could both offer him regular minutes, but you would imagine that Douglas will be tempted by a move to Ashton Gate, as Bristol City look to rebuild ahead of the new league campaign.
It could turn out to be a shrewd bit of business by the Robins if they can land his signature ahead of the other interested clubs in the coming months.