By George Overhill

25th Jun, 2022 | 7:53pm

Rangers star Joe Aribo interested in London return as Crystal Palace lead race

A return to London “interests” Joe Aribo as the Rangers star is subject of transfer interest from multiple clubs, according to Football Scotland.

Crystal Palace are the “frontrunners” for the Nigerian international who is entering the final year of his contract, while Nottingham Forest and Fulham are also after him.

The midfield man is an important part of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side and scored the Gers’ only goal in the Europa League final.

It will reportedly take “good cash” for any of the chasing pack to take Aribo away from Ibrox this summer, and Sky Sports reporter Joshua Barrie has said the club remain “relaxed” about the situation.

The 25-year-old arrived at the club in 2019 for just £300,000 so any sale is likely to represent a significant profit.

The club have so far managed to retain Connor Goldson and Allan McGregor when both appeared they might leave, while there remains interest in the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Calvin Bassey.

First exit?

At some point this summer the club are surely going to lose somebody since the amount of different players who have been tipped for the exit is high.

However, the Bears have largely seemed pretty secure in themselves in the face of potential player losses.

It will therefore mean the same as it has with the likes of Borna Barisic and Bassey – a club will need to stump up the required money or go empty-handed in this window.

In contrast to a number of the other situations there appears to be more of an urge to move on from the player in this case.

Aribo has grown into a much-different player than the one he was when he left England, and the successes over the past couple of seasons have forged a formidable bond between the club and the squad.

But if he ultimately yearns for a return closer to home then the opportunity to get exactly that at Selhurst Park, or potentially Craven Cottage, may be a stronger force.

If the club are willing to risk losing him for nothing next season it seems unlikely that he would be the sort to cause an issue over the final year of his deal.

But should an interested party come up with a decent fee now it could end up best for all sides to take it, as it is bound to far more than it cost to bring him to Scotland.

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