After Rangers lost in the third round of Champions League qualifying, it’s been widely speculated that the Scottish giants would have to sell one of their stars in order to balance the budget.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has even admitted this himself, saying: “If the right numbers land for one or a couple of individuals I know they’ll be considered (by the people) above me.
“I’m not naive enough to sit here and think that, you know, the last two results won’t have an impact somewhere down the line.”
Ex-Rangers star Michael Ball has subsequently been speaking about the future of Ryan Kent, a player who Leeds United have long been interested in.
He said: “It would be a huge blow if Rangers lose Kent.”
Knowing that Rangers had paid a significant fee – thought to be around £8m – the Scottish club would expect a good profit on their star player though.
“I was quite surprised Rangers forked out so much money for the guy but he’s been an instant success and a fans’ favourite.”
It has been said that Rangers would want £15m for the player, but Leeds would likely only make a deal happen if the asking price came down from there.
The Whites’ interest in Kent goes all the way back to their time in the Championship.
Following Leeds’ dramatic play-off semi-final loss to Derby County, Marcelo Bielsa agreed to continue at the club, believing they could secure promotion to the Premier League at the second attempt. Along with Director of Football Victor Orta, Bielsa identified a small number of players he felt would add quality to the side and help Leeds make the next step.
Helder Costa was one of these players and was signed on a loan-to-buy deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kent was another that Bielsa wanted badly after he had starred on loan at Rangers. However, Leeds ultimately pivoted away from Kent as a target after they sold Kemar Roofe to Anderlecht. They signed Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah instead as a striker was deemed to be more important for the squad.
Last summer, Leeds bid for Kent as they looked to improve their wing options again for their first season back in the Premier League. Their attempts to bring the Englishman to Elland Road were rebuffed by the Scottish club though which saw Leeds eventually bring in Raphinha, whilst Kent starred in Rangers first title win in a decade.