By Joe Ellis

7th Jul, 2022 | 1:15pm

Rangers: Joe Aribo transfer to Southampton 'done deal' - Reliable journo

Joe Aribo’s impending exit from Rangers is now a “done deal” with the Gers set to pocket big money, according to journalist Fraser Fletcher.

The 25-year-old only has 12 months left on his Ibrox contract which is why the Light Blues are willing to sell him this summer to ensure they get a substantial transfer fee for his services.

And that is going to happen with the move expected to cost Southampton £10million with only the final medical checks to be completed before the Nigerian can sign his four-year deal at St Mary’s.

“DONE DEAL – Joe Aribo is a Saint,” Fletcher said via his personal Twitter account. “Deal completed for Joe Aribo from Rangers to Southampton.

“4-year deal signed and just final medical checks to go. Package of 10+ million to Rangers for the Nigerian.”

Aribo’s £10million sale represents a big profit for the Bears who spent just £350,000 to buy him from Charlton Athletic in 2019.

Working model

If our transfer strategy has been to sign players who could go on to make us a big profit then you can’t find a better example of it working than this exact transfer.

The eight-figure sum of money will be the main profit that gets the attention but Aribo’s contribution to the football club has been far more than purely monetary.

His silky smooth style of play has mesmerised and entertained Ibrox every time he’s stepped onto the pitch and he has the goals and assists to back up his flair too.

He has also been very unselfish at times which was never more obvious than what would turn out to be his last games for Rangers during the 2021-22 campaign.

With Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe injured, the Nigerian took one for the team and played out of position as a striker so the rest of the side could keep their regular jobs and he got his just rewards with that goal in the Europa League final.

Farewell, Joe.

In other Rangers news, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s imminent new signing has been compared to Ibrox icon Ally McCoist.