Thursday, 1 August 2019

New twist in Ryan Kent saga - is deal on or off?



With Ryan Kent’s price now being reduced to a surprisingly modest £7M, and Steven Gerrard’s assertion that with a loan not happening a permanent signing is unlikely, you have to wonder why?

Previously, when the price was set at £12M, we entirely concurred that this sum was out of the club’s range, and budget – and that only a possible big-money sale could ever have funded such an outlay.

But with the true asking price revealed, it creates a new twist in the saga.

For the past two summers, Rangers managers got £10M+ to play with – Pedro in 2017, Gerrard last summer.

This summer Steven Gerrard, of that presumed £10M+, has spent £3M on Filip Helander, £650K on George Edmundson, £250K on Joe Aribo and around the same on Jake Hastie. Maths might not have my calling in life but even I can tell that’s some way off £10M.

It, indeed, leaves at least £6M and likely more, given previous summers were more like £12M to be exact.

Which means the Kent deal remains completely feasible, and we have no idea why the club have ended it if we’re talking about on a financial basis.

Ryan Kent was effectively the number one target this summer – and at £7M while he’s not cheap as chips to us, he is certainly within Rangers’ budget – we know we need another striker, and that does stretch the purse strings, yes, but we’d honestly be stunned if the Kent deal really is 100% dead given just how much importance Stevie put on it.

The reality is our manager wants this kid, and we have at least £6M left, and likely more – if we have already done the bulk of the summer work, and we know we have, why not just splash the cash to get the lad the manager wants?

I’m also not buying the story that Kent is being priced out of a move away – in this market, £7M is chicken feed for a player of his age and talent. We’d have bought that if the price was £12M – it did seem steep for his CV.

But £7M?

Don’t write this one off yet, folks…

11 comments:

  1. We can`t afford £7 million its as simple as that , yes we haven`t spent the same money as last season but you have to also take wages in to account .To be honest I`m not sure Kent is worth that to us , £7 million up in Scotland is different from paying the same amount down south.Still think a loan sometime after next Thursday is possible .

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  2. Agreed. With the financial issues surrounding the club we don't have that amount to spend and I'm not convinced he's worth it. But I'm probably wrong. Not convinced we have the creativity, steel or killer instinct necessary for the season ahead. Hopefully I will be proved wrong.

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  3. SG himself said Aribo cost £2 million. If there is no fee, player demands a large sign on fee.
    I think £7M may be doable, but unless Murphy is crocked is it really needed. It would also block Middleton.
    Love Kent, but not convinced we need him

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  4. 7m for nothing,theres a profit in him, a steal at that price
    Best player on the park for us last season

    Watp🇬🇧

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    1. After that shite the night we need him more than ever🤝

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  5. While I agree that it could be feasible, I don't think the board will sanction such spend when we are in a bit of trouble with this court case.

    I was holding judgment on the "killing the hummell deal" but with Rangers removing Hummell as a partner at the bottom of the website this shows they are obviously worried as well.

    Im sure you guys will write a piece on this and interested to read your thoughts.

    This is a huge oversight by someone in the ranks of our board or the administrator/commercial person that dealt with the contract negotiations.

    Unless we sell someone for big money I doubt Kent will be coming to Ibrox on a permanent deal.

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  6. FFS.
    No bids we still have first refusal on a loan, pay 850k for the year!!

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  7. If nobody buys him we still have first option of the loan.
    850k for the season!

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  8. We've spent a lot on wages I'd imagine too. With things the way they are with SD and Hummell I think we should be holding onto whatever cash we have as it doesn't look good. Hummell might even have a case against us.

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  9. We shouldn't be spending anywhere near £7m on Kent. We can get by without him. If we have the money, and I'm not convinced we have, it would be better spent elsewhere.

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