Ryan Kent has completed a permanent move from Liverpool to Rangers after Steven Gerrard’s Scottish Premiership side placed a higher offer than the one made by Leeds United towards Championship Deadline Day, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Kent was a highly-sought-after commodity in the summer transfer window, with numerous clubs from around Europe lodging their formal interest in striking either a temporary or permanent deal for the 22-year-old.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp frequently rebuffed any advance based on a loan deal, however, as the German was reticent to sanctioning a further temporary stint for his side’s youth product, after Kent spent the 2018/19 campaign at Ibrox in what was the fifth loan spell of his burgeoning career.
Among those said to be interested in Kent were sides from France, Belgium, and Russia along with Leeds United and Rangers.
Rangers ultimately won the race to sign Kent on Deadline Day as Liverpool agreed to sell the Oldham-born prospect for an initial £6.5million plus £1million in achievable add-ons, likely relating to games played and domestic success.
The Anfield outfit also secured a 20% sell-on clause for any potential future transfer, as the reigning Champions League holders are confident that Kent will soon develop into a talent that is inevitably bound to secure a Premier League move.
Gerrard’s accepted bid gazumped what Leeds are alleged to have offered for the former England U20 international, as it is added that the Whites approached Liverpool on the eve of Deadline Day for Championship sides and presented a £4.5million offer.
Whether Leeds realistically needed to sign another natural winger following deals for Helder Costa, Jack Harrison and a return for Jack Clarke would have been widely up for discussion, although what was clear was that Marcelo Bielsa rated the Liverpool product highly (Phil Hay).
The Argentine even delayed jetting off for the Whites’ pre-season tour of Australia in order to personally scout Kent in action against Bradford in July (Scottish Sun), where the versatile forward had a hand in each of Liverpool’s three goals.
The impact of Jack Harrison, Helder Costa, Patrick Bamford and Eddie Nketiah on Leeds’ campaign so far would suggest Kent would have proved to be an expensive luxury had the Whites won the race to his signature, too.
Costa currently ranks second for key passes per ninety minutes in the Championship for the Elland Road natives, while Harrison ranks fifth (WhoScored), and Bamford and Nketiah have both been frequent names on the scoresheet across the second-tier and Leeds’ efforts in the Carabao Cup.
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