Rangers defender James Tavernier could reportedly be set for a summer transfer away from Ibrox with Swansea, Everton and Burnley all interested in a swoop for the Ibrox mainstay – and director of football Mark Allen must cash in on the 26-year-old.
The Daily Mirror report that Swansea are “leading the chase” for the 26-year-old despite the defender only recently signing a new three-year deal at Ibrox.
Tavernier has been a constant feature in the starting XI for the Gers since moving from Wigan in 2015 and has made 137 appearances for the Light Blues.
With a huge overhaul of players at Ibrox expected in the summer, a deal for Tavernier could be sanctioned to provide extra funds to strengthen the squad as the Gers look to stop bitter rivals Celtic from winning an eighth consecutive title.
Despite being one of Rangers best performers this season, a decent bid for the defender will see him head back across the border and give the Gers some more cash to spend in the transfer window.
After rejecting bids for both Josh Windass and Alfredo Morelos earlier this season and seeing both players’ form fall off dramatically, the Gers can’t take the same gamble with Tavernier and potentially cost themselves millions of pounds in the process.
The former Newcastle defender has been a good servant for the Gers, scoring 25 times and creating 39 goals in his 137 games, but the Gers can’t afford to let “riches” go based on sentimentality.
With a number of possible replacements available – at a fraction of the price the Gers should be demanding – it wouldn’t make sense to keep hold of Tavernier should bids come in.