Premier League pair Aston Villa and Leicester City are the latest names to be linked to Rangers star Joe Aribo, but as the news spread the source has many questioning the links.
The 25-year-old Ibrox attacking midfielder has been amongst Rangers’ top performers this season and as a result there have been a host of top English clubs linked to the player.
The Villains and the Foxes join the likes of Brentford, Watford, Crystal Palace and Southampton in being linked meaning that more than a quarter of the Premier League have been mentioned alongside Joe Aribo.
But of the six clubs named so far, Steven Gerrard-led Aston Villa and Thai billionaire owned Leicester City remain the most influential of the lot.
Aston Villa and Leicester City linked to Rangers’ Joe Aribo – but source raises eyebrows
It’s important to consider the source of these links with often dubious outlet Fichajes the apparent origin of this information.
That hasn’t stopped a host of top outlets running with the story, with the two clubs now being extensively mentioned alongside Joe Aribo in the press.
Whatever the case, the report mentions the obvious link between Joe Aribo and Steven Gerrard – who brought the midfielder to Rangers – and a link between the ex-Charlton man and Nigerian international teammate Wilfred Ndidi at Leicester.
We’ll take this with a pinch of salt but whilst other outlets are running with the story, and interest in Joe Aribo continues elsewhere, these latest links are certainly worth mentioning.
Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst was speaking ahead of the January transfer window and did suggest that the club will be prepared if there is interest in his biggest stars.
“I don’t expect anything. You just have to be prepared, that’s the most important thing as a coach,” said Gio [Rangers].
“You need to be ready for anything. Maybe nothing happens, maybe a lot, you never know.
“We will see at the end where we are as a club at the end of the window.
“As a coach you don’t want to get to the end of the window and have a smaller squad than when you started.
“We have to be prepared to decide what to do whatever comes our way.”
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