Rangers transfer relief as Leeds United turn £26m attention elsewhere
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Rangers transfer relief as Leeds United turn £26m attention elsewhere

Rangers have been handed a transfer boost after it appears that Premier League Leeds United have turned their transfer interest elsewhere amid links to Ryan Kent.

Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds sporting director Victor Orta are known to be long-term admirers of Rangers’ tricky wide man and have failed with a series of bids for the player in the past.

Rangers star Ryan Kent is a long-term transfer target of Leeds United. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Even during Kent’s time at Liverpool, the club had worked to bring the player to Elland Road but as things stand the talented Englishman remains a Rangers player.

That hasn’t stopped high-profile links to Leeds appearing in the press however as Alan Nixon and the Scottish Sun claimed the Yorkshire club were readying a £15m move this summer.

However, with Kent reportedly keen on staying at Ibrox and mounting an assault on the Champions League, Leeds appear to have turned their attentions elsewhere.

Reports are intensifying around a Leeds United move for Rubin Kazan and Georgian international winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Contracted until 2024, leading reports have claimed that it will take £26m (€30m) to sign the 20-year-old with Leeds United being prominently mentioned alongside the player.

A leading Georgian journalist even claimed that Victor Orta had held talks with the player’s representatives regarding a potential transfer.

The same journalist would only this week quote Kvaratskhelia as claiming that Leeds United’s “interest is real” even if he is leaning towards a move to La Liga.

Should Leeds follow through on the interest for the Rubin Kazan star it will come as a relief to Gers fans desperate to hang on to Ryan Kent, a £7m signing from Liverpool in 2019.

With only a few years remaining on the 24-year-old’s contract, there has also been big talk in the press regarding a potential Ibrox extension.