While the outcome of potential new signing Joe Aribo and Lee Bowyer’s talks is not quite yet known, one fact about the possibly incoming attacking midfielder that will please Rangers fans is just what a bargain this kid could be.
Remember, cross-border regulations from FIFA affect this deal, meaning Rangers would get his services for just £250,000 when the reality is his market value is 30 times that at around £7M and set to hike up with his continued development.
In short, if Aribo arrives for the quarter of a million, Rangers will immediately have one of the most valuable players in our squad – instantly.
Currently our prized assets are Alfredo Morelos, Scott Arfield, Glen Kamara and James Tavernier. Each of these is well above £5M in value.
Add Aribo to the mix and suddenly that kid becomes another asset – on the assumption he continues at Ibrox in the vein he’s managed at the Valley, we’re talking a future £10M-£20M asset.
Of course, Aribo still has it all to prove – delivering at League One for Charlton is one thing, delivering against Celtic and in Europe for Rangers quite another – but if he does so, then not only have Rangers essentially picked up a £7M+ asset for free, but one which will rise beyond that in due course too.