Versatile Chelsea full-back Dujon Sterling has reportedly turned down an offer from English Championship club Stoke City amid gathering reports surrounding a move to Rangers.
According to Football Insider, the 23-year-old has also turned down the offer of a contract extension with the Blues, as a move to Rangers seemingly beckons.
This comes after Dujon Sterling spent the season on loan at Stoke and impressed in 28 appearances which showcased his ability to play across the defence and in midfield.
Rangers have been extensively linked with a move for Sterling ahead of a busy transfer window, with the latest reports suggesting the player will sign a four-year deal in Glasgow.
Dujon Sterling tipped for Rangers after rejecting Chelsea and Stoke
According to the FI report, Dujon Sterling turned down the offer of a permanent deal at the Britannia and, interestingly, an extension to his contract in west London.
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It would suggest the Rangers dream has been thoroughly sold to Sterling who – according to FI again – has already been shown around Auchenhowie and Ibrox Stadium.
All this suggests the defender could be the first signing of what promises to be a bumper summer transfer window and it’s a potentially exciting one for supporters.
While Rangers manager Michael Beale was coy when pressed on any Sterling interest, the ex-Chelsea youth coach worked with the player during his time at Stamford Bridge.
The signing would help bulk out the squad with a player who can play in several positions, while potentially providing much-needed competition for Ibrox skipper James Tavernier.
The versatility of Sterling also allows Rangers for a potential change of formation, with the defender having played in a back three and potentially opening the club up to introducing a system with two wing-backs.
Rangers fans were buoyed by their side’s performance in the weekend’s 3-0 Scottish Premiership win over Celtic and, heading into next season, Beale will be hoping to build on that result.