An update has emerged on Rangers winger Ryan Kent, regarding interest from Premier League side Aston Villa…
According to the Daily Mail, Steven Gerrard is hoping to raid his former club as soon as January with a swoop for the winger.
The report claims that Liverpool have a 20% sell-on clause on Kent, which means that Rangers would not see all of the profit made from him if they decide to sell.
Rangers are reportedly closing in on Gerrard’s replacement in the dugout at Ibrox after ‘positive talks’ with Dutchman Gio van Bronckhorst, who is out of work currently. The 46-year-old could immediately find himself facing a disaster if Villa come in for Kent in the January window, though.
It would be an instant nightmare for the ex-Gers defender if Kent is sold as the Englishman is a key cog in the squad and has the potential to help the club win the Premiership this season. He was sublime last term as Gerrard led the team to title glory, with 10 goals and nine assists in the division.
Kent averaged 1.8 key passes and 1.9 successful dribbles per game, showing off his drive and creativity to go along with his end product in the final third. This highlights why it is imperative for Rangers to keep hold of him and why van Bronckhorst must avoid a disaster early in his reign.
Former Gers attacker Kris Boyd previously lavished praise on the wing wizard.
He said: “There’s Ryan Kent who is phenomenal – he gets you off your seat. His numbers have increased season after season. Even if the team are not at the level we saw at the start of the campaign, he is still a threat. He is so comfortable with the ball – it is like he has superglue in his boots!”
Van Bronckhorst must ensure that he gets promises from Ross Wilson in negotiations that Kent will not be sold to Villa in the next transfer window. Before accepting the job, he must make sure that the ex-Liverpool man will be in his squad for the rest of the season at least, barring a ridiculous offer the club can’t refuse.
The Dutch head coach will surely not want to see one of his star performers sold within two months of him taking the job, which is why this is a detail that must be ironed out. Hopefully, Wilson will be able to make such a promise and convince Kent that he is best off staying at Ibrox until the end of the campaign.