The exit signs appear ominous for Rangers star Joe Aribo as the Nigerian international midfielder is linked with a move to the Premier League.
Links to Selhurst Park certainly appear to make the most sense, where Joe Aribo can link up with an enthusiastic young team under the guidance of Patrick Viera rather than face a potential relegation battle at the City Ground or Craven Cottage.
But whatever the case these are reports that many of the usual suspects in Rangers fan media are not denying in an ominous sign regarding the player’s future.
The 25-year-old played more games than anyone else in world football last season (70) and is regarded as a hugely influential member of the Rangers team.
But as Joe Aribo enters the final year of his contract the Ibrox side must cash in or risk losing the ex-Charlton man for nothing come the end of the upcoming season.
Rangers face Joe Aribo dilemma as Premier League interest confirmed
Signed for a reported £300k development fee from the Addicks in 2019, Joe Aribo has developed into a fine footballer during his time at Rangers and it’s little wonder interest is piquing in the player.
But whilst some have been quick to deny talk surrounding the likes of Alfredo Morelos, who has been linked to Sevilla, things seem a little more open with Joe Aribo.
Rangers Review writer Joshua Barrie claims that sources at the club have confirmed interest in Joe Aribo from the Premier League but claim the Gers are “relaxed” about the situation.
The journalist also ominously claims that Rangers are “confident they can make a significant profit for Aribo in this window”.
Joshua Barrie isn’t the only one commenting on the Joe Aribo story either as Heart & Hand and David Edgar also send out a message on social media.
The influential podcaster pointed to making a tidy profit on the player and reinvesting part of it back into the squad.
It all points to Joe Aribo looking increasingly likely to leave Rangers this summer and unless the player signs a new deal then unfortunately it makes sense to sell, but only at the right price.
Rangers find themselves in a difficult situation with several key players this summer as Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent also enter the final year of their contracts.
Speaking of Crystal Palace, Joe Aribo may well be hook up with a former Rangers youth player if reports are to be believed.