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Queens Park Rangers open to international’s departure



QPR are reportedly ready to sell midfielder Massimo Luongo this summer. 

According to West London Sport, Rangers are ready to listen to offers for the midfielder as his contract expires next summer.

Manager Mark Warburton is understood to have high regard for the Australian international but the financial situation at the club means they’re unable to match his current wages and have little belief he would take a pay cut to extend his contract.

Luongo joined QPR from Swindon Town in 2015 and has made 152 appearances for the club, grabbing 10 goals and 16 assists.

The central midfielder has been a mainstay in the Rangers side since he arrived at Loftus Road, making at least 30 league appearances in every season over the past four years.

The London club have been very active in the transfer window so far, bringing in Lee Wallace, Liam Kelly, and Yoann Barbet, but it appears a number of players are set to depart.

Playmaker Luke Freeman is reportedly on the verge of a move to Sheffield United, while striker Matt Smith is believed to have attracted attention from Millwall.

Warburton took over in May and has targeted having an “active” transfer window as he looks to add quality to a squad that finished 19th last season.

The Verdict

This move is a real shame for Warburton and QPR but it looks like it may be an inevitable, due to Luongo’s expiring contract and the lack of financial flexibility available at the club.

Luongo has been an excellent servant for the club since he made the switch from Swindon and his contributions will not be easy to replace.

Losing both Freeman and Luongo this summer could be a big blow for Rangers, as they have made up a large part of the spine of the team over the past two years.

Rangers should not be in the mindset of accepting any bids that come their way and given their relegation battle last season, one more season with the Australian may be more valuable than a potential fee.

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

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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