Rangers are facing a transfer scrap if they want to sign Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur in the summer transfer window, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that newly promoted Cardiff City and Championship play-off semi-finalists Aston Villa are also interested in signing the 30-year-old Scotland international after seeing him play a crucial role in helping Palace avoid relegation from the Premier League.
McArthur, a boyhood Ger, has two years remaining on his deal at Selhurst Park and it is understood that Rangers would only be able to afford a move for the midfielder if Steven Gerrard is handed the funds.
Spotrac reports that the former Wigan and Hamilton star earns £50,000-a-week on the four-year deal he signed in 2016.
Football Insider verdict
McArthur is the kind of player who could walk straight into the Rangers side and instantly improve it, but with the midfielder having two years left on his deal at Selhurst Park, there’s little chance that they would be able to afford him unless Dave King manages to somehow boost the transfer budget ahead of the summer. McArthur has been a key player for Palace this season. The Scotland international has made 34 appearances in all competitions and scored seven goals to help keep the Eagles in England’s top-flight. Cardiff would be getting themselves a top player if they managed to prise him away from Selhurst Park, which is why it would be very hard for Rangers to sign him this summer. Gerrard unfortunately may have to look at other targets if he wants the midfielder as Palace could demand a big fee, even if the player does want to join the club he has supported all his life.