Premier League trio Crystal Palace, Watford and Brentford will have to pay ‘over £10 million’ to lure Joe Aribo away from Rangers, Ibrox legend Barry Ferguson tells the Go Radio Football Show.
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That is not to say Rangers are on collision course with an iceberg but, with a number of key players set to become free-agents sooner rather than later, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s hull may be in danger of springing a leak.
Ryan Kent, Ryan Jack, Alfredo Morelos, Filip Helander and the aforementioned Aribo, meanwhile, have just 18 months left on their deals.
This means Rangers may soon have little choice but to consider cut-price bids for some of the most talented and influential members of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad.
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Long-time admirers Leeds United will be watching Kent’s situation like a hungry hawk while Morelos, scorer of 103 goals in 203 Rangers games, is almost certain to have his fair share of admirers.
According to the Daily Mail, however, it is 25-year-old Aribo who’s future appears to have been cast into doubt ahead of the January transfer window. Crystal Palace, Watford and Brentford are among the clubs looking to lure the former Charlton Athletic starlet south of the border.
“You’re looking at over £10million,” said former Rangers captain Ferguson when asked how much it would take to lure Aribo away from Ibrox.
“You know you’ve got a chance of losing your best players. If they perform well up here, teams down in England are going to come in and pay big money. But, for me, you’re looking at over £10million for Joe Aribo.”
“I don’t think Rangers will sell in January. Unless it’s a crazy offer, well above their valuation, I don’t think Rangers will sell a player in January.”
With Van Bronckhorst handing Rangers’ central players far more freedom than they ever enjoyed under Gerrard – Arfield and Aribo found the net in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Livingston – the most creative and unpredictable of the club’s midfielders will be one he is determined to keep hold of.