Leeds United have had a bid rejected for Rangers’ Ryan Kent, there were rumours earlier this week that the bid was around £10m.
️ CG: Ryan Kent has a lot of ability, it is not nice when he runs at you, even in training! He can still add numbers to his game but he is a massive asset to us and we want to keep Ryan Kent here. You can see the benefit with a full pre-season behind him.— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 21, 2020
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard described the rejected bid as “nowhere near his valuation” and said Leeds will “need to think really hard if they want to come in again”.
️ SG: Ryan (Kent) is a player we admire very much here and we have seen him develop. He is progressing very quickly and is a player we want to keep hold off. We very quickly rejected an opening bid that was nowhere near his valuation.— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 21, 2020
Kent often plays out wide but his skill set could see him playing infield for Marcelo Bielsa, it could prove difficult to get this deal done given Gerrard’s effusive praise for the player and that he does not want to lose him. However, the pull of a move from the SPL to the Premier League could be hard to resist for Kent.
️ SG: We want the player to see here, as do the board. The fans love him also and Leeds will need to respect that, they need to really think hard if they want to come in again. I have spoken to Ryan and he is totally focused on the match tomorrow.— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 21, 2020
Whether Leeds go further with this pursuit is yet to be seen but I wouldn’t expect Leeds to be upping their bid massively for a player who isn’t in one of Leeds “problem positions”.