By Wayne Veysey

10th Sep, 2020 | 12:00pm

Sources: Big update on Rangers keeping in-demand star after crunch talks

Rangers are confident of fending off interest from Leeds United and other clubs in Borna Barisic this window, Football Insider understands.

The left-back, 27, has been on the radar of Leeds, as first revealed by this site in July, as well as Serie A big guns Roma and Napoli.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider the club expect to keep Barisic after talks with Steven Gerrard and the club hierarchy in recent times.

Croatian publication Sportske Novosti claim Leeds submitted an £8m bid for the set-piece specialist.

But Gerrard has made it clear he does not want to lose Barisic after he took his game to a new level last season.

The Glasgow giants have also knocked back a bid worth up to £10m from Leeds for Ryan Kent as well as spent all window in talks with clubs over wantaway Alfredo Morelos.

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The Colombia international currently looks the most likely of the three Rangers prize assets to leave with less than four weeks of the window remaining.

Rangers are well placed to keep hold of Barisic as he signed a new four-year contract at the end of January that ties him to the club until the summer of 2024.

That deal is worth more than £4.5million across the four years, equivalent to over £20,000-a-week.

His set pieces have made him a hero with the Ibrox faithful and he has emerged as critical to the team’s playing style with his overlaps on the left flank.

Barisic made 39 appearances in 2019-20 and was a key creative source, contributing an impressive 14 assists as well as two goals.

He has maintained that form during Rangers’ impressive start to the new campaign, with three assists and a goal from their six league matches.

In other news, Rangers have agreed a new deal worth more than £10million in total.