Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has not given up hope of signing on-loan winger Ryan Kent from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool again this summer., despite the Anfield side slapping a large transfer valuation on his shoulders, as reported by The Scotsman.
The Daily Record reported through the week that the Reds now value the 22-year-old at £8m-£10m given his form in the Scottish Premiership this season and the fact he is on a long-term contract at the club.
It’s a fee that would surely rule Rangers out of the running for his signature, and while Gerrard admits the decision is now out of his hands, he’s made it clear he’s not given up hope of landing him at the end of the season.
As quoted by The Scotsman, the Ibrox boss said:
I’ve read the rumours and speculation. I’m not sure who has put that price on Ryan. Whether it’s his agent or Liverpool, I haven’t heard anything on that.
My focus is on Ryan Kent being available for the weekend and I’m pleased he’s available.
In terms of the future and moving forward, that decision is out of my hands.
Liverpool know we want him here, the player knows we want him here, his representation know we want him here. But in terms of the decision it’s not down to me. I wish it was but unfortunately it’s not.
With five goals and nine assists this season, Kent’s direct goal contribution during his loan spell hasn’t been spectacular, but his busy, skilful wing play has excited supporters and seen him emerge as a first-team regular under Gerrard.
At the prices quoted, his permanent transfer may be impossible, but is there a chance for the manager and the recruitment team at Ibrox to convince Liverpool his development is best served by another season in Glasgow?
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