Glasgow Rangers could be forced to sell Joe Aribo in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a claim made by Pete O’Rourke, with the journalist revealing in a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT that, should the central midfielder fail to sign a new deal at Ibrox, Rangers may well have to cash in on the 25-year-old at the end of the season.
O’Rourke goes on to suggest that this would be the case as the reigning Premiership champions will want to receive a transfer fee that reflects the Nigeria international’s value to the club – as his current contract in Glasgow is due to expire in the summer of 2023.
Speaking about Aribo’s future, the journalist said: “Rangers will be keen to protect their assets, and if he’s not going to sign a new deal, they might have to sell him in the summer.”
Considering just how important a part of the Rangers side Aribo has become since his £300k move to Ibrox back in 2019, should the club fail to agree a new deal with the midfielder in the next few months, and subsequently be forced to sell the 25-year-old this summer, it is an outcome that would undoubtedly leave Giovanni van Bronckhorst fuming.
Indeed, the £9m-rated man played a pivotal role in Gers’ title-winning campaign over his 31 Premiership appearances last season, scoring seven goals, registering four assists and creating seven big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.2 key passes, 1.5 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and winning 5.9 duels per game.
These returns saw the midfielder who Steven Gerrard dubbed a “dynamic” player earn a highly impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.13, ranking him as the joint 16th-best player in the entity of the Scottish top flight last time out.
The £14k-per-week dynamo has continued this fine form over his 22 league outings in the current campaign, having already bagged six goals, registered four assists and created six big chances for his teammates, with these metrics seeing the former Charlton Athletic prodigy average a SofaScore match rating of 7.14.
As such, it is clear for all to see that Aribo is an incredibly important part of Van Bronckhorst’s first-team setup at Ibrox, meaning his forced sale this summer would undoubtedly come as a huge blow to both the 47-year-old manager and his side – regardless of the transfer fee received from the midfielder’s departure.