By George Overhill

29th Jun, 2022 | 1:50pm

Rangers powerless to keep Joe Aribo from Crystal Palace or Fulham as release clause is revealed

Rangers star Joe Aribo has a £10million release clause in his contract amid interest from England and Germany, according to The 4th Official.

The Nigerian international has been attracting attention from a number of sources and is thought to be interested in a return to London where he was born.

The Gers would be powerless to prevent that as it has emerged via the well-connected source, who has over 50,000 followers on Twitter, that he has a release clause that would cut them out of negotiations.

In their more extensive update on Patreon T4O specified that 25-year-old “is likely to leave” amid “very real” interest from Crystal Palace.

Fellow London-based Premier League side Fulham are also in the running along with an unnamed side from the Bundesliga.

A move to the English capital is tipped as most likely while they also write: “Unfortunately, there will be no bidding war. Two very reliable sources informed me that Aribo has a £10m release clause.”

They add: “Rangers are bracing for a move in the upcoming weeks.”

On his way

The club have proven themselves to be firm this summer in their stance on potential exits, not least by setting out their stall on Calvin Bassey early.

But it looks like they can only be involved up to a point with his international teammate before matters would be taken out of their hands.

Were that clause to be met it would still represent a healthy profit on a player who arrived from Charlton three years ago for only £300,000.

That money would soften the blow of losing him, although the club have so far done extremely well in keeping the squad together during the transfer so it would be disappointing if that record was broken.

If the interested parties value him at below eight figures then the Light Blues can still benefit from a form of bidding war to take them up to that level.

The English top flight is certainly able to afford that number and more, so it is unfortunate that there is apparently no prospect of reaching any higher.

It seems that Aribo is interested so this one appears to be inevitable at this stage, with the goal he scored in the Europa League final and the Scottish Cup win set to be his final contributions.

In other Rangers news, another side from the English top flight has offered the Gers a chance to sign one of their players.