In a recent article for The Athletic, Rangers correspondent Jordan Campbell has shared a promising update on Ryan Kent and the chances of him staying at Ibrox this summer.
After another impressive season under Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool winger has unsurprisingly been tipped for a move away from Glasgow this summer, with Leeds United once again the interested party.
However, Campbell suggests that Rangers will not be forced into selling the 24-year-old in the current transfer window unless Leeds make an offer that the Scottish Champions cannot turn down, whilst the Premier League side also have other transfer targets in the same position who are currently ahead of Kent in their pecking order.
“Leeds United, long-term admirers of Kent, have other targets in that area ahead of him. It will be done on a case-by-case basis, though, so if a bid comes in that makes too much sense to turn down then there could still be exits.”
Kent has established himself as a key player at Rangers during his time at the club and enjoyed his best season to date in the 2020/21 campaign, contributing 13 goals and 15 assists in all competitions, as Gerrard’s side finished the league season unbeaten.
During his time at Rangers, the Englishman’s market value has risen to £12.7m, which ranks him as the most valuable player in Gerrard’s squad, so if he were to be sold this summer, the Bears would likely receive a record transfer fee, surpassing the £12.15m they gathered for Giovanni van Bronckhorst in 2001.
However, his influence at Ibrox cannot be underestimated, and Gerrard will no doubt be desperate to keep him ahead of their return to Champions League action next season.
The 41-year-old manager was full of praise for Kent in 2020 after he earned the Player of the Month award, saying:
“Ryan Kent has been top class and hasn’t let any noise affect him, he is scoring goals and looking very dangerous. He is really taking it to opposition teams and he’s settled and enjoying his football.
“Kent deserves to be Player of the Month and has been in sensational form. He has been fantastic to work with.”
Therefore, Gers fans will surely be delighted with this latest update from Campbell, as it seems to suggest that Kent will remain a Rangers player for the upcoming season.