Leeds United must seize a perfect chance to finally sign Rangers star Ryan Kent this summer.
Last summer saw Marcelo Bielsa’s side have bids rejected for the former Liverpool winger, and recently, The Daily Mirror claimed that “Leeds are also keeping a watching brief on Rangers’ Ryan Kent and he is also someone Bielsa has liked for a long time.”
Now, The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell has raised the possibility of Kent’s exit from Ibrox this summer following the Gers’ shock Champions League exit to Malmo on Tuesday night, claiming that the club could cash in after missing out on the financial windfall of qualifying for European football’s premier competition.
He added that: “Leeds United have watched Kent for two years — they will have taken a keen interest in events at Ibrox.”
After enjoying another impressive campaign in the Scottish Premiership last season – Kent bagged 13 goals and provided another 15 assists – it’s no surprise that reports have suggested the Whites remain interested in a move for him this summer.
The £20k-a-week winger has earned rave reviews for his performances, not least from teammate Conor Goldson, who hailed him as “magnificent” and said: “He has got a lot of ability. (He is) 24-years-old, two-footed. It is not nice when he runs at you, I can tell you that personally from training. He has got everything.”
And, Neil Dewsnip, his former coach at England under-17 level, said: “He seems to relish the atmosphere, so I think he’s in the bracket of players who think ‘the bigger, the better’. Ryan is very exciting so, when he’s good he’s devastatingly good. But that’s a trait of a lot of wide players. The challenge is to be consistent and I’m sure that’s what Steven and his staff will be working to achieve.”
Campbell’s latest update on the £12.6m-rated flier raises the possibility that Leeds could finally get their man, and that would surely have Bielsa buzzing given the Whites failed to bring him to Elland Road last summer.