An update has emerged in Leeds United’s pursuit of Rangers forward Ryan Kent…

What’s the talk?

According to The Athletic, Rangers are in a great position to keep hold of Ryan Kent this summer amid interest from the Yorkshire giants. The Scottish champions are expecting to retain their top talents due to a lack of funds in the market this summer.

The report claims the Whites are long-term admirers of the forward, although they have other targets in his position on the pitch. Rangers appear likely to keep hold of the ex-Liverpool man, but they would not reject an offer if one came in that was too good to turn down.

Is this a blow for Leeds?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Fans will be gutted

Leeds fans will be gutted by this news as Kent has been a long-term target for the club and this could have finally been the summer that they landed their man.

However, although it does not completely rule it out, this article appears to dampen any hopes that he will be playing at Elland Road next season.

No fees are mentioned, but Rangers only being willing to accept offers that are too good to reject suggests that it would take a massive bid to prize him away.

Given that it is impossible to gauge exactly what that would be, it is difficult to say whether or not Leeds would be making a mistake by not signing him – so making a judgement on that should be reserved for whenever his price tag emerges, if it ever does.

Supporters will be frustrated that it seems unlikely either way, though, as he could be a terrific addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad. Ex-Rangers attacker Kris Boyd once called Kent phenomenal and hailed his ability on the ball, likening his control to having superglue on his boots.

He said: “There’s Ryan Kent who is phenomenal – he gets you off your seat. His numbers have increased season after season. Even if the team are not at the level we saw at the start of the campaign, he is still a threat. He is so comfortable with the ball – it is like has superglue in his boots!”

The £18k-per-week wizard averaged a sensational WhoScored rating of 7.40 in the Scottish Premiership last season for Rangers.

He also provided 10 goals and nine assists from all competitions, which shows that he was able to merge consistently high-quality performances with end product in the final third of the pitch.

This is why fans will be disappointed that he now appears unlikely to be producing those types of displays for Bielsa’s side next term.

AND in other news, Leeds must pounce on chance to land “tenacious” £5m powerhouse, Bielsa would love him…





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