This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Ryan Kent will only be allowed to leave Liverpool for a whopping £10m this summer, according to The Liverpool Echo (10:08), severely denting any hopes that he could make a return to Rangers.
With the English transfer window closing on Thursday, Liverpool have laid down their plans for the 22-year-old. Jurgen Klopp had previously told The Liverpool Echo that Kent wouldn’t be allowed to leave the club on a temporary deal again.
It appears Klopp has now clarified his winger’s position further, with Kent being allowed to leave for £10m, but facing a year of trying desperately to scrap his way into the Liverpool first-team if that evaluation is not met by Thursday.
Kent has been linked, per The Scottish Sun, with a return to the Gers this summer, having won the Young Player of the Year award after impressing in his 43 appearances last season. He is also linked with Leeds.
With The Liverpool Echo revealing the price of any deal for Kent to be £10m, it could well be curtains for a potential return to Ibrox.
A fee in that region would make the winger the second-most expensive player in Ibrox history and be the first time the club have spent more than £4m since promotion back to the top flight of Scottish football.
Any deal to bring him back to the Light Blues could involve a large expenditure in wages too. With Leeds in the mix and a stay at Liverpool not off the cards, it would take Kent some convincing to make a return.
He’ll know full well he’ll get a great reception at Ibrox, but in a world where money dictates so much, it would be naive to say Kent would come to work under Steven Gerrard for purely nostalgic reasons alone.
With such high figures swirling around the Liverpool forward you have to wonder if he’s really worth it. He did have a good season in Scotland but at £10m would become the most expensive player in the division and would have to deal with the pressures attached to the tag – another season with just six goals would not meet those expectations.
Kent’s one-on-one ability means he gives more on the pitch than those six goals suggest, but Rangers simply need to move on from this one after the Reds’ lofty evaluation.