Leeds United have been linked to Ryan Kent so long that for plenty a move to Elland Road feels inevitable after life at Rangers comes to an end.
Once again going into this summer all the talk has been about the Premier League side and the winger’s future but so far that chatter is yet to materialise into anything serious.
This is after Marcelo Bielsa’s team had a £10m move thrown out last summer.
So often a talismanic presence at Ibrox, in the style of most wingers or inside forwards, Kent has never quite managed to pin down an extensive period of consistency in Glasgow.
There’s no doubt that the ex-Liverpool kid has immense talent and that we’ve seen that several times at Rangers.
Last season too was Kenty’s most prolific and creative to date, the forward finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists, those 28 goal involvements smashing the record-high 15 of 18/19.
It’s easier to underplay the player’s influence at Ibrox when things aren’t going well.
Kent even managed an assist for Alfredo Morelos against Malmo last week even if he wasn’t firing on full cylinders.
But whenever things aren’t going right on the pitch for the winger, two things are decidedly telling about what Kent offers Rangers and his status at the club.
Firstly, he never hides and always keep trying on the ball, Kent is always challenging defenders and is always a willing dribbler.
Secondly, Steven Gerrard and his backroom staff will very rarely not pick him. Kent sat out the 5-0 win over Dunfermline and we suspect he’ll have a point to prove v Alashkert.
This is likely something to do with his immense ability and his work rate in and understanding of the Gers’ system.
To have such a dynamic, creative, potent force up front can change a game in a moment and Kent is somewhat invaluable to this team given there is no clear choice to replace him.
That’s why talk of a £15m valuation seems undercooked – even if fans will be delighted this amount has reportedly warned the Lilywhites off a move.
The Express are claiming that “doubts” have now been raised regarding a prospective move as journalist Alan Nixon claims a move is unlikely due to a £15m asking price.
It would still be in 15m range to get him … so I doubt that just now https://t.co/UTWpFlpHmz
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 15, 2021
That Express report goes into detail about the spending at Elland Road this season; Leeds have splashed a combined £30m on Junior Firpo, Jack Harrison and back-up goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson.
But whilst Kent hasn’t quite found his feet this season, the only “doubts” surrounding any Leeds United interest in the player should be the prospective transfer fee.
Every year Kent is finding that consistency and if Leeds – or any other side – are serious about the player then the bidding surely starts at £20m.
Whilst everything suggests Leeds won’t be moving for Kent this summer, one club are reportedly preparing for life without this window’s most high-profile Gers target.