Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Celtic had an offer on the table for prospective new Rangers signing Joe Aribo.
The highly-rated midfielder’s proposed transfer to Rangers has been ruffling a few feathers – not least at his old club Charlton – with many Celtic fans in denial that their club was ever interested in the player.
That’s despite a leaked transfer document suggesting they were ready to move for the midfielder. And now, Steven Gerrard has claimed that Celtic had an offer on the table for the player.
"There were Premier League and European clubs chasing him, as well as Celtic"
Steven Gerrard is excited by the possible arrival of Joe Aribo from Charlton, as the midfielder undergoes a medical this afternoon.
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) June 24, 2019
“We believe there was Premier League and European clubs chasing Joe, which is no surprise”, Gerrard told Sky Sports.
“I think a lot of Championships clubs were there in the hat as well.
“It obviously came out in the public domain that Celtic had made him an offer as well so if we manage to get that one over the line it’ll be a big coup for us.”
The signing deals Celtic somewhat of a psychological blow before the season has even begun, should it go through as expected.
Aribo is also reportedly set to earn £20k per week at Ibrox [Daily Mail, via the Scottish Sun] in a deal which would make him one of the club’s highest earners.
If anything, it shows just how highly-rated the player is by the Ibrox backroom staff.
Rangers will also only have to pay £300k in compensation for the player due to cross-border regulation rules, which explains why Charlton are so angry at the move.
As for the player, Steven Gerrard says Aribo is “something we haven’t got” and suggests the 22-year-old will give Rangers “natural balance”.
The Liverpool legend also praised the midfielder’s “impressive profile” and was clearly excited to have secured his services.
Well, all going to plan.