As Norwich City slap an exorbitant £35m price-tag on the head of one of their key talents, it just shows how much of a valuable asset Rangers also have on their hands.
Norwich right-back Max Aarons has been valued at the eyewatering price with German giants Bayern Munich reportedly beginning negotiations over the player [Sky Sports].
Aarons, 21, is one of the English Championship’s brightest assets with his performances this season and an emerging culture of young English players moving abroad making him an attractive prospect.
But incredibly this is a player in the English second tier going for a fortune – something which should send a message to Rangers regarding captain James Tavernier.
Whilst Tav is obviously eight years the senior of Max Aarons, his statistics this season are remarkably superior at a level which is considerably higher.
People might argue that the English Championship is of a higher standard than the Scottish Premiership – and in many ways it is – but Tavernier has also proved his quality in Europe.
This season Aarons has one goal and three assists in 31 games – Tavernier has five goals and four assists in nine European appearances this season.
The Ibrox skipper has also scored another 12 goals and laid on another 11 in all competitions, meaning he has 17 goals and 15 assists in 40 matches this season.
Whilst this absolutely no suggestion that Rangers could demand £35m for Tavernier, his statistics are of a right-back of the highest order and the club should take the Aarons’ valuation as an example.
Tavernier might also be considerably older, but the Gers skipper is worth a fortune and the Ibrox club would do well to ensure any potential suitors know that.
The reports surrounding Aarons simply highlight the depth of talent England have at right-back with £259m of talent already ahead of the Norwich kid and Tavernier in the Three Lions set-up.