Rumours are growing that the long-linked connection between Glen Kamara and a return to where it all started at Arsenal is imminent with Mikel Arteta said to be looking at trying to bring the Fin back to London.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has refuted notions Kamara would be for sale, listing him as an elite Rangers untouchable, but of course real money talks and a big enough bid will certainly persuade the board to part with the former Dundee man.
However, Arteta’s Arsenal are not the attractive prospect they normally would be, with a listless and troubled season at the Emirates not to mention the Mezut Ozil saga only recently ending, and a big signing like Kamara would help boost the morale among the fans.
But if the Gooners want Rangers’ star midfielder they’ll have to dig deep.
In terms of market value, the last time a Glasgow club sold a midfielder Celtic shipped out Stuart Armstrong to Southampton for a rather modest £7M in 2015, but prices have since hiked significantly and their most recent sale of Tierney for £25M to Arsenal is more akin to the prices of today.
But of course, Rangers don’t want to sell Kamara – equally though he’s too good for the SPL and we can’t hold him back long term from the PL which is where his destiny surely is.
AND there’s two big carrots that may persuade the 25-year old to stay even if Arsenal do bid:
Champions League next season at Ibrox, and of course, lifting 55 this season.
Those are massive, and don’t underestimate how appealing those are. It’s one thing to get the bigger pay and better level in the league he’d enjoy in the PL, but another to get the CL and a title. Especially knowing he can still get his big PL move in the future.
If Arsenal do bid, there’s no gimme he’ll go.