EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Rangers are prepared to make Scott Arfield the highest paid player in Scotland as they finalise a deal to sign him Burnley, Football Insider sources understand.
Arfield is out of contract at Burnley this summer and Rangers are in advanced talks to sign the midfielder on a a pre-contract agreement.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Rangers are willing to break the bank to land Arfield ahead of a number of clubs and are ready to pay him in excess of £25,000 a week on a long-term contract to persuade him to move to Ibrox.
Rangers are planning major changes this summer as they look to close the gap on Old Firm rivals Celtic and landing Arfield would be a coup for the club.
The Ibrox club are ready to take a big chunk out of their budget to land Arfield as they see him becoming a key man in their side for next season.
Arfield has been in and out of the Burnley side this season and Sean Dyche’s side are resigned to the player leaving Turf Moor this summer.
The 29-year-old started his career in the Scottish Premiership with Falkirk before moving to England with Huddersfield in 2010.
After three seasons with Huddersfield he joined Burnley in 2013 and helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in his first season at the club.
Arfield has been a key player for Sean Dyche’s side as they have established themselves in the Premier League top flight.
Only Ashley Barnes (97) and Ben Mee (96) have made more than Arfield’s 86 top-flight appearances for Burnley.