Reading FC are set for an interesting summer ahead, with potential player departure on the cards at the Madejski Stadium.
The Berkshire-based side are unlikely to make any signings until the wage bill has been trimmed in Jose Gomes’ side.
So it’s certainly going to be a potentially season-defining transfer window for the Royals, as they look to build their squad ahead of next year’s campaign.
One man that could be heading for the Madejski Stadium exit door is Mo Barrow, who is reportedly attracting interest from two Turkish clubs heading into the summer according to journalist, Courtney Friday.
#readingfc will sell Modou Barrow this summer for offers in excess of £2.5m. Royals want to recoup the money they paid for Barrow in 2017 (£1.5m). Two Turkish teams interested in a loan to buy move.
— Courtney Friday (@ChronCourtney) June 6, 2019
The report claims that Reading are hoping to receive in the region of £2.5m for the Gambian winger, who has been impressive at times for Gomes’ men last season.
He has netted four goals and been on hand to provide six assists for Reading as they narrowly avoided relegation to League One in last year’s campaign.
There’s no doubting that Barrow’s contribution towards the end of last season was crucial, as he scored some crucial goals that won Reading valuable points.
Most notably, he netted the winner against Ipswich at Portman Road to spark jubilant scenes in the away end as Reading picked up a vital three points in their bid for survival.
But Barrow hasn’t been the most consistent of performers for Reading in recent months, and if you’re comparing his impact to the likes of Liam Moore, John Swift and Yakou Meite, then you’d surely be tempted to cash in on him, if it meant other key players stuck with the club.
He’s a pacy and tricky winger, but the Royals already have a number of players that can fill the potential void left by the 26-year-old.
Michael Olise seems like the most likely long-term replacement for Barrow, and the academy graduate has already shown his confidence and quality towards the end of last season.
He has age on his side compared to the likes of Barrow, and it certainly wouldn’t come as a huge loss to Reading if the winger was to depart over the summer.