Leeds United will only have a chance to sign Ryan Kent if Rangers fail to qualify for the Champions League group stages, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted the attacker will want to test himself against the very best next season.
Kent was the subject of multiple bids from the Whites in the summer, as confirmed by Steven Gerrard.
Football Insider revealed last week Leeds are prepared to listen to offers for Helder Costa to potentially fund a summer transfer spree.
If the 27-year-old was to leave Elland Road it would leave Marcelo Bielsa short in the wide areas.
Asked whether Costa’s potential departure could lead Leeds to try and sign Kent once again, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Yes, I would think so.
“But the pull of Champions League may be too much.
“That will all depend on Rangers going through qualifying, if they can get through the qualification process then suddenly it changes things again for them.
“Players will go ‘Hang on a minute, I want to test myself. I want to play against the best and give it a real good go.’ And the financial impact [for the club].
“Players want to play against the best and if you play well in the Champions League your fee and value goes up massively.
“It’s something I would suggest will depend on what happens to Rangers in the Champions League.”
Rangers will enter the Champions League at the third qualifying round next season meaning they are only two games away from the group stages.
They were last in the Champions League group stages in the 2009/10 season.