Rangers agree fee with Southampton as Joe Aribo to undergo medical by Saturday
Rangers have agreed a fee with Southampton for the sale of Nigeria international Joe Aribo, according to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein.
Writing on The Athletic website on Wednesday night (6 July), Ornstein reported that Southampton will pay £6million up front for the 25-year-old midfielder with the deal eventually reaching £10million, which matches his Ibrox release clause.
It is understood that Aribo has agreed personal terms with Southampton and will undergo a medical with the English Premier League club on either Friday or Saturday.
Ornstein adds that Aribo was due to meet up with the Rangers squad in Portugal on Thursday (7 July) but instead, he’s in London.
Good luck, Joe
Of all the Premier League clubs for Aribo to join, Southampton are one of the best.
St Mary’s has a recent history of players doing well there after leaving the Scottish Premiership.
Steven Davis is one of them and there’s no doubt he’ll have had a chat with Aribo before he opted to head to the south coast while Stuart Armstrong, Fraser Forster, Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk have all had success there after leaving Celtic.
Aribo was in stunning form at Ibrox last season.
He played a word-record 70 times for club and country in all competitions and scored a goal in the Europa League final.
He’s a title winner and a cup winner at Rangers and we’re sure he’ll be a smash hit down south with Southampton, who have a very good manager in Ralph Hasenhuttl.
It’s a shame we’re only getting £10million for a player who’s obviously worth way more than that.
However, it’s good that the club managed to get that figure for a player who’s out of contract next year.
We’re wishing Aribo all the best at Southampton.
In other Rangers news, the Gers are readying a six-figure move to sign a new midfielder.