Any chance of a late Leeds United move to finally get a deal done for long-term Elland Road target Ryan Kent looks unlikely, with the Rangers winger reportedly set to join Turkish side Fenerbahce on a free transfer this summer.
Kent, 26, has spent the last five years at Rangers. Joining the Gers initially on loan from Liverpool in the summer of 2018, he signed permanently for a £7m fee. He has gone on to have a hand in 80 goals in a huge 218 appearances.
Scottish Premiership title, Scottish Cup trophy and Europa League finalist – losing only to Frankfurt on penalties. He has enjoyed plenty of success north of the border. Such form has constantly attracted Leeds, and Marcelo Bielsa.
The Sun reported in 2021 that Bielsa had told Victor Orta to sign him. He has remained at Rangers this season and now, in the final few weeks of his contract, it looks as if Kent will be leaving Ibrox on a free transfer – to Fenerbahce.
Turkish outlet Fotomac report that Fenerbahce have agreed a pre-contract arrangement with Kent, worth almost £30,000 a week. TMW did say recently Leeds were looking at Kent on a free, but a move to Turkey looks close.
Leeds move for Kent unlikely as he is set to join Fenerbahce on a free
Kent would have been a solid signing, especially if the Whites were relegated to the Championship. But, Kent might not have been tempted by a move to England’s second tier. He has certainly been there, done that, with Barnsley.
Kent needs a new challenge and he will be tempted by the Premier League. It is unclear how certain the reports are from Fotomac, that he has agreed a move to Fenerbahce. But it does make sense. A new challenge, new country.
However, if Leeds are interested and the Whites remain in the Premier League – surely, a move could be made to sign Kent? Especially, if the likes of Willy Gnonto and Cree Summerville decide to leave Elland Road this summer.