The Daily Mail reports that Gillingham may be forced to sell Rangers and Celtic linked defender, Jack Tucker, to raise funds amid tough financial times.
Most clubs in Europe and further afield have been affected by the global pandemic, with the vast majority of competitions currently suspended.
The lack of matches and therefore, ticket sales, potentially for many months, is putting unprecedented strain on finances, and the Gills are no exception to that rule.
The report suggests that they will be able to pay all players and staff this month, but that they may have to cash in on one of their most valuable assets – Tucker – to raise funds for future payments.
Rangers were first linked with the £1.5m-rated defender back in February [Scottish Sun], but they aren’t the only club interested in securing his services.
Arch-rivals Celtic are also said to be interested, as are Premier League clubs West Ham, Southampton and Norwich, as well as Championship leaders, Leeds United [Daily Mail].
Rangers certainly have previous in terms of deals with EFL clubs, with a host of Gers joining third or fourth tier sides on loan over the last few seasons.
There’s also some precedent for signing talent from these leagues, with another young centre-back, George Edmundson, snapped up from League Two Oldham Athletic last summer.
The list of clubs linked with interest tells you how highly-rated Tucker is, even though this is his breakout season in senior league football.
However, while Gillingham may be keen to sell in order to balance the books, it seems unlikely the Gers would be looking to spend unnecessary cash whilst in the midst of an uncertain period themselves.
Defensively, Steven Gerrard’s side have been poor at times in 2020, but given that the club already have four senior centre-backs on the books, it’s more likely Tucker will be snapped up by an English club if does secure a move this summer.