'A snip' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts as release clause of Leeds top target revealed
The £20million release clause of Rangers midfielder and Leeds United target Ryan Kent’s is “a snip”, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Coventry striker believes Kent’s performances this season are “living up to that price tag”.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week that Kent has a £20million release clause in his Rangers contract and Leeds remain interested in the player.
The Yorkshire giants had a £10million bid rejected last month and it remains to be seen whether they are willing to double their offer.
Marcelo Bielsa is keen to add a dynamic midfielder who can carry the ball forward and he’s also interested in Chelsea’s Ross Barkley.
Asked by Football Insider if £20million would represent good value for Leeds, Whelan said: “The thing is right now, he’s living up to that price tag.
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“Rangers can’t complain, there’s a £20million payment that needs to be met and that’s the valuation.
“The player can only be valued by the club and that’s the valuation on him.
“£20million for a young player like that, with that quality, would look like a snip.”
Kent has made an impressive start to the season netting five goals and providing five assists in just nine appearances.
On Thursday night in Rangers’ 4-0 win over Willem II in the Europa League the 23-year-old scored once and laid on two other goals.
He has scored 19 times and contributed 18 assists 85 games for the Light Blues across all competitions since signing, initially on loan, from Liverpool in 2018.
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