Charlton Athletic’s head of recruitment Steve Gallen believes his side won’t be compensated sufficiently if Joe Aribo joins Rangers or Celtic over an English side this summer, London News Online reports.
“I’ve also read the stories about Celtic and Rangers [being interested]. We really hope he doesn’t go. But if Joe does decide to go then we’d really like him to go English, for a couple of reasons,” Gallen explained.
“One, because that is the best place for him to go to – the best place to develop his career. Lee [Bowyer] 100 per cent believes that, he has said it on countless occasions. And two, because if he did go to a club in England then our club would get recompensed. We would get a fair valuation of his worth. If he goes cross-border then the club won’t. The way I see it is pure and simple, we don’t get to see any of that money – and we don’t get any of it to spend.”
Rangers and Celtic have both been linked with him this summer. The Daily Mail reported this week how the Gers are said to be in talks with the player over a move to Ibrox, but they face competition from Celtic and Southampton.
The 22-year-old is out of contract this summer. Charlton will be desperate for him to stay on, but should he leave then financially they would be better compensated if he moves to a fellow English side.
English clubs would be obliged to pay the Addicks a compensation fee as he came through the club’s youth academy. However, the same rules don’t apply should he move abroad therefore both Rangers and Celtic could secure an absolute bargain if they took him to Glasgow.
The report in the Daily Mail adds that Aribo is set to make a decision on his future in the next week.
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