Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers could well be facing off with one another in the summer transfer window with Rangers and Celtic both reportedly interested in signing Kilmarnock midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu.
The former West Brom midfielder has been in stunning form since arriving in the Scottish Premiership in November having helped Killie stave off a relegation threat in order to finish in the top-half of the league.
The midfield enforcer has also put in man of the match shifts against both Rangers and Celtic this season and even scored against Rodgers’ men in a 1-0 win for Kilmarnock back in February.
However if the two Glasgow giants really want to sign Mulumbu this summer, then they must act as soon as possible as the ex-DR Congo international has confirmed he is scheduled to talk with his agent and Steve Clarke in the not-too-distant future.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Kilmarnock. I now have time to speak with the gaffer and the board to see what’s going to happen next season,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record in their live transfer blog on Tuesday [07:58pm].
“I haven’t ruled out staying. I haven’t decided. I will go on holiday for a week and after that I’ll meet Steve, we’ll have a chat and see what’s happening for me.
“I may have other opportunities so I will sit down with my agent and Steve then make the best decision for myself.
“Time is running fast at 31 years old so if I have an opportunity better than Kilmarnock, I may take it.”
With this new twist in Mulumbu’s future, he could well be set to stay at Rugby Park, ending Rangers and Celtic’s hopes of signing up the ex-West Brom and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder.
Gerrard’s arrival at Ibrox could force the 31-year-old to contemplate a move to Govan, while Celtic’s promise of silverware may also be appealing.
It’s going to be a very interesting summer for Mulumbu, who is going to be putting pen to paper somewhere in the coming weeks.