Rangers captain James Tavernier has been linked with a move to the Premier League, and it would be a massive blow for Steven Gerrard if the defender were to leave Ibrox this summer.
According to 90min, Manchester United, Arsenal, Brighton and Norwich City are all keen on signing the 29-year-old after his sensational performances for Gerrard’s side last season.
Despite the former Wigan Athletic man signing a new contract back in April, it may be difficult for Rangers to turn down an offer from the likes of Manchester United or Arsenal this summer, whilst the wages on offer in the Premier League may well be enough to turn Tavernier’s head.
Last season saw the Englishman manage 19 goals and 16 assists from right-back, so it is no surprise that he is attracting serious interest from the Premier League this summer, as it seems clear that the Scottish Premiership is below his level.
The offer of Champions League football at Ibrox next season might previously have been enough to convince him to stay, but if Manchester United make an approach for him, then Rangers may well be forced to cash in on the £7.2m-rated defender.
It would be a devastating setback to lose such an influential player ahead of the Gers’ title defence and Champions League return next season, as he was their top goalscorer and assists provider last season. His performances before the season split earned him an incredible 7.75 rating from WhoScored, which was comfortably the best of any player in Gerrard’s squad.
Therefore, Rangers should do all they can to keep Tavernier – who was described by Gerrard as a “powerhouse” last season – at Ibrox this summer, as it would be a huge blow to their squad if they were to lose him to a Premier League club this summer.