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‘It’s a difficult one this’ – A closer look as QPR look set to offload 26-year-old: The verdict



QPR have been active in the transfer window as new boss Mark Warburton looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the upcoming season, but it seems a number of key players may also be leaving Loftus Road this summer. 

Sheffield United have reportedly made an offer for playmaker Luke Freeman and, according to West London Sport, the club are now ready to sell midfielder Massimo Luongo.

The 26-year-old has made 152 appearances for Rangers but his contract is set to run out next summer and due to financial reasons the club are unable to match his current wage.

QPR are understood to have little confidence in Luongo taking a pay cut and are open to offers for the central midfielder.

But should they be open to losing a player who has been a mainstay in the side for the past four years?

We discuss…

Jacob Potter

“I think they could live to regret this one, if I’m honest.

“Luongo has impressed me in recent seasons, and I think he is an excellent option to have in midfield ahead of next year’s campaign.

“He’s only missed five league games last season for the Hoops, and that shows how highly he is rated.

“At the age of 26, his best years are still ahead of him, and it would be a mistake to sell him.

“He’s probably one of their most valuable players as well, so this would be a truly ridiculous decision if they were to even consider any offers for him ahead of the new season.”

Toby Wilding

“It’s a difficult one this.

“Usually I’d say no, based on the fact he has been a regular feature for QPR during his time at the club, and the importance it may be for QPR to have someone with that ability to control games in midfield next season should a player such as Freeman move on.

“However, Luongo is out of contract next summer, meaning QPR risk losing him for nothing in 12 months time if they do not either sell him now or tie him to a new contract at the club.

“If I were them, I think I would be looking to offer him a new contract first, but then listening to offer for him if a new deal proves to be out of reach.”

Tommy Joyce

“With Luongo running into his last year at Loftus Road, a club like QPR have their hands tied due to their financial restraints.

“While he is one of their regular performers, he is not good enough to justify leaving on a free, and they should recuperate what they can for him.

“It shows poor strategy from QPR that they will be letting Luongo and Freeman for such little money, but if they want to reinvest in the squad and look beyond next season, it’s imperative that they let them go if there is no way of keeping him.

“QPR fans don’t seem to annoyed by him having to leave, so it might be a good opportunity to invest the money elsewhere, such as their attacking options.

“They are evidently short in attack with their top scorers only scoring seven last season in Nakhi Wells, Freeman, and Hemed.”

Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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