James Tavernier happy at Rangers amid Manchester United links
James Tavernier is happy to stay at Rangers despite a clutch of Premier League clubs eyeing up a move for him, according to 90min.
The online news outlet claims Manchester Untied, Arsenal, Brighton and Norwich City are all “taking an interest” in the Gers captain and “could test Rangers’ resolve” this summer.
However, they also detail a crucial bit of information, that the 29-year-old is “more than happy in Glasgow” after signing a new three-year contract with the Scottish champions in April.
90min’s report includes details of financial pressure on the Gers ahead of the finalisation of the 2020/21 accounts, and that we might be forced into selling our talisman if any substantial offers do arrive.
However, we cannot see that happening for a number of reasons.
For one, how likely is it that a “substantial” bid is lodged for someone who turns 30 later this year? Most clubs are keen to recruit younger players, so someone likes Tavernier is hardly likely to be on their agenda when they ready big offers.
It’s unlikely he’d be first choice at Manchester United or Arsenal, while Brighton and Norwich are famed for their smarter recruitment with an emphasis on young stars with value.
Of course, ‘substantial’ means a very different thing in England, but we still can’t see clubs matching anywhere near our valuation of Tavernier, which is likely to be high given he is one of our most important players.
Furthermore, would Tavernier really be interested in moving after leading us to Champions League qualification? He wouldn’t get that at three of the clubs mentioned for a start.
It’s silly season in the transfer window, and while there might be interest in Tavernier given his considerable talents, we’re feeling pretty safe about his role at Rangers this season.