Premier League new boys Leeds have splashed out a combined £43m to bring two new transfers to the club amid interest in Rangers’ Ryan Kent.
Whilst Leeds know that a move for Kent is “now difficult” given the ongoing transfer saga involving Alfredo Morelos at Ibrox, it remains to be seen if they will return with a second bid for the player.
But it hasn’t stop Marcelo Bielsa’s side signing Spanish international striker and Valencia forward Rodrigo for £30m [Guardian] and SC Freiburg former Germany U21 international Robin Koch on deal which could reach £13m [Daily Mail].
These are major statements of intent from Leeds United and represent significant outlays.
After Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League the Argentine manager is clearly determined to help the Whites stay there following a 16-year absence.
Bielsa is known to be a big fan of Kent but Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is determined to keep the player at Ibrox.
Combine this with those £18m exit reports attached to Alfredo Morelos and the comments of Gers winger Kent and it looks like it will be a tall order for Leeds to sign the Rangers star.
“Every time I go out on the pitch I just want to give my best for Rangers,” said Kent [Glasgow Times].
“This is a club that has given me opportunities that I’ve not had before.
“I’ll continue to give my best for Rangers. Where my future takes me, I’m not sure but as long as I’ve got a Rangers shirt on, I’ll give my best.
“The relationship with the manager is key, as it is for any footballer. Especially for a forward player, you need to feel comfortable and enjoy your football.
“I certainly do here.”
Rangers signed Ryan Kent on a four-year deal last season after an initial loan spell from Liverpool and the tricky winger has emerged as the main man in the Gers side this season.