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More than ten clubs are interested in signing Rangers captain James Tavernier in this window, according to Football Insider.
The 27-year-old has garnered suitors in three different countries after a stellar season at Ibrox, per the Football Insider report. The Englishman was prolific last season, scoring 17 times and assisting a further 20 in his 57 appearances in Steven Gerrard’s debut campaign as manager of the Gers.
Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Brighton are named as the three Premier League sides hoping to ascertain the services of the former Wigan man this summer. As well as those three outfits, unnamed clubs from the English Championship, Italy and Spain are believed to be looking at Tavernier.
Gerrard doesn’t want to lose his captain, according to the report, but with a value of £10m and so much interest in his player, it might prove tricky.
The Daily Mail have since claimed that the Gers may consider offers of around £8m, though one has to feel that Football Insider’s evaluation of £10m is closer to the mark for a man who was directly involved in 37 goals last season.
With so much reported interest in the unique talent (the highest scoring right-back in the Premier League last year was Matt Docherty with four, the Rangers captain scored more than four times as many) Gerrard could be looking a big windfall.
Although he’s clearly an important player for the Gers – finishing as the club’s second top scorer behind Alfredo Morelos – it could be beneficial to move him on.
Jon Flanagan was an able understudy last season as he got used to playing first-team football again. The former Liverpool right-back made more appearances for Gerrard’s side last season (30) than he had in the three years prior to joining the club (29), so it’s natural he needed some bedding in time.
The England international is getting more and more steady by the game and he could be a ready-made replacement for the club captain now with a season under his belt.
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Given that the Gers may well take in an eight-figure fee if they were to lose Tavernier, the skipper’s sale could also allow Gerrard to improve other areas of the squad, such as the depth in attack, where outside of Jermain Defoe and Morelos there really isn’t much goalscoring prowess.
On top of all that, Tavernier would be 28 with just two years left on his contract by next summer, so after such a productive season in front of goal now is definitely the time to cash in if the club are ever going to do so.