Rangers will refuse to let both Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos leave Ibrox during the current transfer window, according to the Sun journalist Alan Nixon.
The reporter was the one who broke the news that Leeds had tabled a bid of £10m for the 23-year-old, but he now says the Light Blues’ stance on the former Liverpool winger’s future will make any transfer a challenge to complete:
Leeds. Ryan Kent deal now difficult. Rangers won’t let him go as well as Morelos. They are now aware of this.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 30, 2020
Kent was asked about his future after the Gers’ 2-0 win against Hamilton yesterday, and while he praised both the club and manager Steven Gerrard for placing their faith in him, he did not completely rule out a departure from the club:
“Every time I go out on the pitch I just want to give my best for Rangers. This is a club that has given me opportunities that I’ve not had before. It’s a massive football club, so I’ll continue to do right by Rangers and give my best.”
“Where my future takes me, I’m not sure, but as long as I’ve got a Rangers shirt on, I’ll give my best. The relationship with the manager is key, as it is for any footballer.”
A lot will depend on whether Kent actually has a buyout fee or not. Gerrard would not be drawn on it when asked about a possible release clause and he stated that Leeds would need to return with a significantly improved offer if they wanted to sign him.
It appears the Bears are prepared to dig their heels in and fans will hoping that they maintain that position until the transfer window shuts.