Rangers will reportedly have to cough up a whopping £12million to land Ryan Kent permanently this summer.
According to The Liverpool Echo, Liverpool want upwards of £12m for Kent, while Steven Gerrard has said in the past that he would like to keep the Liverpool loanee and various pundits have added to the links.
The young winger has been a big hit in Glasgow, setting up the winning goal in December’s Old Firm and racking up six goals and nine assists in total.
Anything above £12m would of course break the club-record signing of Tore Andre Flo, so we asked the writers at Football FanCast if Kent is worth smashing that record for. Here’s what they said…
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“If that is the price then Rangers should steer well clear. Yes, the 22-year-old has made a decent impact at Ibrox this season, but I believe the Gers could get a similar player for a much smaller fee. Signing Kent won’t determine Rangers’ 2019/20 season, and it shouldn’t be Gerrard’s priority. He needs to build a sturdier defence first given he already has Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe up top.”
“Certainly not. £12m is a lot of money to a club like Rangers, and there are areas more in need on reinforcement away from in attack. Ryan Kent also hasn’t done enough to merit such a fee, but with Liverpool now a savvy club in the market, it will be tough to knock them down on their valuation of the young winger. If they can get him back on loan, then that’ll be fine, but with just six goals to his name this season, that money can be better spent elsewhere.”
“I’d be incredibly surprised if Rangers went ahead with a £12m deal for Kent, especially considering it would match their transfer record. Under the guidance of Steven Gerrard it would be fascinating to see where his long term development goes though, and after a series of loan spells away from Liverpool, a permanent move could be exactly what Kent needs. For me, such a large outlay on one player would be a risk and they’d be better off using it elsewhere if they’re to stand any chance of matching Celtic next year.”