There is an awful lot being said about Motherwell striker Kevin van Veen given Rangers have never actually been officially linked by anyone.
The 29-goal striker has been addressing his future as the curtain comes down on the Premiership campaign and his comments will be of interest to Gers fans following the conversation.
But as the discussion has progressed, and the 31-year-old becomes the Steelmen’s prized asset, we are now verging off into the realms of fantasy when it comes to this guy’s value.
Motherwell seriously think they’ll get fortune for Kevin van Veen
Speaking amid the conversation around Rangers and Old Firm rivals Celtic – spawned by comments from ex-Well boss Graeme Alexander – Motherwell manager Stuart Kettlewell previously swatted any would-be suitors away.
Claiming that it would take “life-changing money” to sign the striker – he did actually say that – Kettlewell also claim the Steely resolve of the Fir Park club would only be broken by a “ridiculous offer”.
The ex-Ross County manager would apparently be “amazed” if any club in Scotland could pay the required fee for this, the second coming of Dennis Bergkamp.
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Now, Kevin van Veen has appeared to back this up by claiming that the powerbrokers within Motherwell are looking for the big bucks for the Dutchman who has just had the season of his life.
“Whatever the decision is going to be I love this club,” said an emotional Van Veen on BBC Sportsound.
“I’m going to be emotional whatever happens but I do need to decide that. Right, I’ve got to make a last step. I’ve got to be honest this is going to be financially upgraded but in saying that I love this club.
“I need to communicate with the club and they probably need to communicate with me. They are probably thinking they can get a high figure. I want to help the club and help myself eventually as well.
“I’m definitely not forcing my way out in a negative type of way. That’s not who I am.”
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The notion that Rangers are going to break the bank to sign a 31-year-old Motherwell striker who – checks notes – previously turned out for Scunthorpe and Northampton Town before joining the Fir Park side is unbelievably fanciful.
Motherwell might think they can rake in north of £5m for van Veen off the back of one good season, but the harsh reality is that never in a month of Helicopter Sundays will any club pay it.
Rangers, obviously, are not going to be held to ransom over van Veen, if they have any interest at all that is, and we don’t suspect clubs down south will be either.
Let’s predict how this plays out; Motherwell refuse to lower their demands, van Veen then has an okay season next year before leaving back to the lower leagues of England at the end of his contract for nothing next summer.
If Motherwell are serious about selling a 31-year-old in the final year of his contract, it will be anything but “life-changing money” that sees him leave.
Otherwise, they can accept their inevitable fate and just enjoy the player for one more season.