Information is reaching us today that Ryan Kent has in fact signed a precontract at Fenerbahce and chosen the Super Lig as his new home following interest from other clubs, with one German side said to have been very interested and advanced in negotiations.
Kent is said to have rejected the Bundesliga, and gone instead with Turkey, with Fenerbahce offering Champions League football next season and, as Ibrox Noise suggested before, a strong chance of facing Rangers in the third round, should they negotiate the second round they enter at.
We don’t know who the unnamed German side are, but we do know Borussia were looking at Kent along with a few others, and a few Italian sides as well namely Bologna and Udinese.
But curiously it appears Kent has chosen Turkey rather than a top five league, and with Leeds and Burnley credited with interest in him, that means a rejection of England as well.
The England angle is intriguing – it’s supposed to be the primo ambition of a peak English player to ply his trade in the ‘best league in the world’ with the filthy lucre on offer there, and a stronger chance to play for the national team.
But if this information is correct, Kent has chosen Turkey, which given what we know about how settled in Scotland he’s been, is a very, very odd choice.
In truth most Rangers fans don’t care, they’re quite happy to see the back of him now. No sense of sentiment or praise from the majority, indeed opinion about Kent has become quite bitter with little praise or good words from the bulk of the fanbase.
Which we don’t agree with – we think it’s unfair and harsh and he’s one of the last people at the club to deserve such harsh treatment, but then a lot of it is to do with perceived effort and the ‘loss’ of £7.5M.
We’ll explain how that’s false in the next piece, but for now, it looks like it’s Turkey for Kent.