Barry Ferguson backs Alfredo Morelos to sign new Rangers deal, Ryan Kent could leave
Rangers legend Barry Ferguson believes the club got a great deal in selling Joe Aribo, and admitted he thinks Ryan Kent could follow him to England.
The club sold Aribo to Premier League club Southampton last week in a £6m deal plus an added £4m in add-ons after he entered the final year of his contract at Ibrox.
Kent and star striker Alfredo Morelos are also in the final year of their deal at the club and while Ferguson told Go Radio that he feels the Colombian could re-sign to stay on, he’s less sure about the future of 25-year-old winger Kent with Leeds United rearing their head once again.
“Those three players that you mentioned are going into the last year of their contract,” he said.
“I listened to Gio and he said he had a sit down with Joe Aribo and it was clear that he wanted to go and play Premier League football.
“I’m disappointed to lose a player of that quality because I think Aribo, season on season, has got better and better. They signed him for £300,000 four years ago, to get £6m up front in the last year of his deal plus £4m in add-ons is good business.
“He’ll be having the same conversations with Kent and Morelos, getting an idea on whether they want to commit. If they don’t, Rangers will do business with both of them. I’ve got a feeling Morelos will stay, Kent I’m unsure.
“The Leeds thing keeps popping up every now and then and I’m sure he wants to go back down and try himself in the Premier League. Rangers would love to keep both, but money talks and every player has a price on their head. If that price is met, Rangers will do business.
“During pre-season Gio will be sitting down and getting a vibe, whether they want to stay or whether they want to go. Over the next few weeks, you’ll start to get news coming out about whether these two players will commit.”
Morelos has been a key figure at the top end of the pitch for Rangers ever since he joined the club, and if Ferguson is right about him signing a new deal that could be the best business the club do all summer.
However with Kent potentially exiting after a fantastic spell at the club, that could set the team back by losing someone of that quality in addition to Aribo in the same window.
Kent has established himself as one of the very best players in the country, and his performances in the run to the Europa League final last season proved that he can hang with some of the best teams on the continent.
With 12 months left on his deal and supposed interest from the Premier League, he could be tempted to make a move back down south to give it another crack and earn some more cash.
But he won’t get Champions League football and likely won’t be challenging for trophies on a regular basis either, so he should consider that and put pen-to-paper at Ibrox to stick around for a few more years.
In other Rangers news, the club are set complete their fourth summer signing “imminently” according to a report