The Athletic claimed on Thursday morning that Rangers ace Ryan Kent boasts a £20million release clause in his contract. Murmurs from fans and around the club suggest that Leeds are struggling to find the cash needed to spend big this summer. So, a player-plus-cash deal makes sense.
Kent, 24, has been excellent for Rangers. Last season, he had a hand in 28 goals – scoring 13 and creating 15 more. Even before Leeds had gained promotion, Bielsa was looking at him. The same Athletic report claims Bielsa is now ‘fixated’ on Kent – but Rangers want his release clause paid.
That means Leeds would have to part with £20million and with the club struggling to get a £7million deal for Lewis O’Brien over the line, Kent looks unlikely. That is, despite Bielsa’s admiration for the player. But there is a way around this, with Tottenham showing just how it can be done.
Earlier this summer, the highly-regarded Fabio Paratici struck a deal with Victor Orta’s old side Sevilla. It saw Tottenham pay Sevilla £21.6million and offload a player they needed to get rid of, in the form of Erik Lamela. In return, they got a wonderkid in the form of Bryan Gil. A brilliant deal.
Poveda the key as Leeds target Rangers star Kent
Leeds need to cope a bit of that magic. With Kent’s price tag excessive, they need to be smart and include a player that would struggle for game time with Kent’s arrival. Ian Poveda only managed 14 substitute appearances in the Premier League last term, and the YEP say he can go on loan.
But if Leeds did sign a winger, Kent perhaps, Poveda would be fifth choice behind Kent, Raphinha, Helder Costa and Jack Harrison. He’d need to go. So, if Leeds are serious about Kent and Bielsa seems as though he is, surely they should consider mirroring Tottenham, to bring Kent’s price tag down.
Perhaps a bid of £15million for Kent, plus the permanent signing of Leeds star Poveda, would tempt Rangers into selling this summer.