Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt have entered the battle for Rangers centre-back Leon King, according to reports in the English media.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano confirmed last week that Manchester United, Leeds and Newcastle were keeping tabs on the teenager, but it now appears that the defender is also attracting interest from further afield.
King has managed to break into the first team this season, having made eleven appearances in all competitions for the Light Blues, but he only has 20 months left on his contract at Ibrox.
When asked about the speculation at a press conference last week, manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst said he wasn’t surprised that Premier League clubs are scouting the player:
“I haven’t heard anything about interest from down south. Obviously if you are performing well in Scotland you get interest. I think Leon is a player who is developing very well. He played some games last year but we wanted to make space for him to get more minutes and when he is taking these minutes he is performing very well so I’m really happy.”
“He is only 18 and still has a lot to learn but he is one of the players who is open to coaching and putting in the energy to better himself. So I think his future is very bright but he needs to continue playing well and training well. In that process we are helping him and he is developing well.”
With the injuries sustained by the likes of Connor Goldson, John Souttar and Filip Helander, King has a perfect opportunity to gain experience and cement his position as a starter. If getting regular football is what he wants, then there is no reason for him to be considering a move away from Rangers.