Premier League side Southampton have ’emerged as frontrunners’ to sign Joe Aribo this summer, according to a report, as the Rangers star prepares to fly out to Portugal later today.
The Gers head for Iberia for a warm-weather training camp and a friendly against Sunderland as they step up their preparations for the new season.
Aribo’s future has come under the microscope with the Nigerian international one of a number of players entering the final 12 months of his contract at Rangers.
According to the Daily Record, Saints are leading the pack in the chase to sign the Super Eagles star as Rangers brace themselves for bids.
A number of clubs have been linked with Aribo and it seems inevitable that the midfielder will be on the move before too long.
With Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos among those also out of contract next summer, Rangers may opt to sell one in a bid to keep the others at the club beyond next summer.
Rangers must make sure they get proper value if they sell Joe Aribo to Southampton
While it seems only a matter of time before a key player is sold this summer, Rangers need to make sure they maximise the value of any sales.
Despite going into the final year of his contract, Rangers can’t just accept a lowball offer because it means they’ll get something back.
With a place in the Champions League at stake – both this season and for the league winners – this season is absolutely massive for Rangers.
Selling key players on the cheap simply won’t make any sense for the Gers, even if the player is determined not to sign a new contract.