Scottish Premiership side Rangers FC are doing all they can to stop winger Ryan Kent from joining Leeds United in the summer.
Leeds have a long-standing interest in the 24-year-old, ever since Bielsa took charge but so far the Gers have managed to hold onto him. But with his performances peaking with each passing game, Steven Gerrard has decided to offer him a new deal, as per The Daily Record.
The report claims: “Rangers are set to slap a bumper new deal on the table for Ryan Kent in a bid to tell Leeds United to get lost for at least another season.
“The in-demand Ibrox attacker had EPL scouts on red alert at the weekend after ripping Celtic to ribbons in Sunday’s Old Firm stroll.
“Ibrox gaffer Steven Gerrard wants Kent on board for the Champions League assault next term and is willing to offer a hike in wages to persuade the wide man to ignore the calls from down south.”
Can Leeds United get their hands on Ryan Kent?
Rangers FC have won their first league title in ten years and Ryan Kent has been a key influence in helping them dethrone Celtic.
His current deal with the club expires in 2023 but with Leeds United securing a stay in the Premier League, it will not be a surprise to see the winger wanting to head back to England.
Leeds United have done great under Bielsa this season and given that he failed to break into the Liverpool first-team, Ryan Kent will definitely want one more crack at the Premier League.
Leeds tried to sign Kent last year as well, for a fee of around £10 million but Rangers FC were pretty swift to shut the door on their faces.
“The message is hands off – Ryan is a player we want to keep hold of,” Gerrard had said last August.
“Yes we’ve had contact from Leeds. An opening bid has been strongly rejected. They are way, way off with that opening bid. That’s the truth and the reality. He’s a player who is not for sale.”
Now that the 24-year-old has become more influential, Leeds United will have to spend a lot of money in trying to sign him at the end of this season. But given the glitz and glamour of the EPL, there’s every chance that Kent might want to head back to England.