The Daily Record reports that Leon King has turned down a contract offer at Rangers, with Chelsea and Liverpool among the clubs vying for his signature.

The 15-year-old defender is an extremely highly-rated talent, who scored the opening goal in the U18s recent Scottish Youth Cup mauling of Celtic at Broadwood.

Given his age, though, he’s only a youth registered player at Ibrox and is not yet on a professional contract.

 

Chelsea and Liverpool interested in Rangers starlet

It appears that the club have tried to tie him down as he approaches his 16th birthday, but that their initial offer has been knocked back.

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It’s said that Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and RB Leipzig are all interested in prizing him away from Glasgow and this could be their cue to swoop.

Steven Gerrard is a former head of Liverpool’s Academy. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Verdict

It’s disappointing news that a contract offer has been turned down, but it doesn’t mean King is definitely on his way out.

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This was just the club’s initial offer and they’re likely to come back to the table again with improved terms.

They’ll be trying to avoid a repeat of what happened with Billy Gilmour, who left for Chelsea aged 15 and is now a part of Frank Lampard’s first-team squad at Stamford Bridge. 

Gilmour in Premier League action against Sheffield United back in August. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Hopefully, the Gers can replicate the recent deal for Scotland youth international Josh McPake, which was struck amid apparent interest from various European heavyweights [Glasgow Evening Times].

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