Rangers and Leeds United face a major stumbling block in their pursuit of Swansea defender Kyle Bartley, according to a report, with the defender’s £28,000 per week wages causing a problem for both clubs this summer.
The Daily Record‘s transfer blog (26/05, 17:13) reports that the Swans have yet to receive a bid for the defender, who stands at 6’3″ (source: Transfermarkt) from either side and suggest his wages could well be a major issue for the pair, who are looking to improve on disappointing campaigns.
The Gers are desperate for new defenders this summer as Steven Gerrard rebuilds the Light Blues’ defence ahead of his first season at Ibrox, while Leeds themselves will be looking to bolster at the back and eye a return for Bartley after his loan spell at Elland Road.
Football Insider verdict:
Bartley would be a fantastic signing for the Gers and meeting his wage demands should be something that the Light Blues stretch to as they look to bolster their leaky defence. The revolution Steven Gerrard is building in Glasgow could be a damning blow to Leeds’ hopes of signing him too, although the potential to stay in England might be too tempting. Bartley’s previous spell at both Ibrox and Elland Road means the defender should be able to come in and immediately make an impression in the centre of defence wherever he goes. With Leeds also wanting to sign Bartley, the Gers face a fight to bring him north of the border and need to get new defenders in quickly. At 27, signing Bartley would make more sense than the Gers’ abandoned pursuit of former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel and would give the Ibrox giants someone who could be a key part of the side for a number of years to come. After winning a title at Ibrox during his loan with the Gers, Bartley knows what it takes to be successful at Rangers and would be a good addition to the squad.
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