PL sides ready to bid £20M+ for Kent – sources

PL sides ready to bid £20M+ for Kent – sources
TILBURG, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 24: Ryan Kent of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round match between Willem II and Glasgow Rangers at Koning Willem II Stadium on September 24, 2020 in Tilburg, Netherlands. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Rangers are ready to brace themselves for a big-money bid for Ryan Kent this summer, with Leeds the main contenders, according to sources.

The in-form winger has sparkled this year, particularly since the trip to Belgium and his second-half cameo, and of course the Elland Road side had a bid rejected last summer in the £8.5M range rising to £10M.

But with Rangers refusing to entertain lowball bids, Marcello Bielsa, if he remains in the midlands, is certain to come back for Kent with a higher bid, especially given the former Liverpool man’s excellent season and numbers delivered this campaign.

The 24-year old has posted 12 goals and 13 assists in 47 outings, a vast improvement on the season prior, and of course there are still another four matches this season in the league and at least one more in the cup so he could still transcend beyond those numbers too.

Meaning Leeds, and other interested parties are set to have to bid big to even get Rangers’ attention.

Costing £7.5M, Rangers would want well beyond double that, and certainly into the £20M range.

We cite the example of Brentford’s Saïd Benrahma who switched to West Ham from Griffin Park at a fee of around £20M – and he was only a championship winger who hadn’t won anything.

Rangers would certainly expect a big number if Kent was to leave.

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  1. Leeds and other EPL clubs might well be looking at Kent but don’t expect the bid to be close to £20M due to EPL clubs total disrespect for Scottish football. It’s a strange situation. On the one hand they think he’s good enough to make a difference to their team but don’t think he’s worth £10m. Leeds’ last bid left us with barely any profit once we had given Liverpool a sell on fee. What makes them think we would accept such an offer for one of key assets?

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