Liverpool have decided to cash in on red-hot winger Ryan Kent this summer to end Rangers’ hopes of bringing him back to Ibrox next season, according to the Daily Record.
The Scottish newspaper claim the Merseyside giants recognise the 22-year-old’s value is the highest its ever been and have slapped a price tag of between £8million and £10million on him ahead of the window.
The Record report Rangers manager Steven Gerrard would love to have Kent for a second campaign but he privately recognises he’s fighting a losing battle to keep him.
Football Insider verdict:
Intriguingly, Liverpool believe it would be a risk not to sell Kent this summer, given that his value has soared as a result of comfortably the best season of his career. The winger has had a number of hit-and-miss loans, but he has developed impressively under Gerrard and is now consistently producing the goods at a club where there is always intense pressure to perform. Kent has scored five goals and supplied nine assists from 37 Rangers matches this season, but that tells only some of the story of his influence as a winger who scares SPL opponents. The Liverpool youngster’s pace, directness and skill make him a handful, as does his much-improved decision-making in the final third. However, Kent is not quite of the level needed to break into the Liverpool side at the start of next season, so it makes more sense for the club to cash in while there are a number of years left on his contract.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Michael Edwards is working on a £10million deal to sign a Championship sensation.