Rangers have been sent an Ibrox transfer warning over the futures of first-team gems Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent…
Gers journalist Chris Jack has claimed that English teams could prevent the Scottish giants from being able to tie both of them down to new contracts.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “There’s only so high they can go in terms of wages. Premier League clubs could blow them out of the water in terms of wages, so Rangers could reach their limit on Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent.
“Their agent could go to a Southampton or a Brentford and say double it and it would be no problem at all. They’d just say ‘here’s your money’.”
Gio van Bronckhorst will surely be fuming with this claim as it opens up the door for both of them to depart at the end of the season. If Rangers are unable to agree fresh terms with them in key transfer talks then they could be forced into cashing in on the pair to avoid losing them for nothing.
Both of them are out of contract at the end of next season, along with Alfredo Morelos, and that means that they will be in the final year of their deals in the summer. They could sign a pre-contract to leave on a free in January 2023 and Ross Wilson may not be willing to let that happen, which could result in them joining a Premier League club this year.
Whilst Rangers may not have the funds to compete with English teams in terms of their wages, they can offer regular football and a chance to play in the Europa League or Championship, along with the opportunity to win domestic trophies. However, there is not much van Bronckhorst can do about the finances if the players are keen on an improvement in their wages.
The ex-Feyenoord boss will be fuming at the prospect of dealing with both of their sales in the summer transfer window as it would be a major blow to his team. They have been regulars in the side, starting 40 games between them in the Premiership this season, and would, therefore, be huge losses for the Dutch head coach.
He has been relying on their quality week-in-week-out and would be gutted to see both of them leave at the same time. They have eight goals and nine assists between them and the Gers would need to bring in replacements of a similar level of quality, which could be difficult to do as there is no guarantee that any new signing will adapt to the division.