Gabby Agbonlahor has shared a big ‘issue’ for Glasgow Rangers after some transfer news that he has now heard involving Calvin Bassey.
The Lowdown: Transfer interest in Bassey
The Daily Record reported over the weekend that scouts from an English club were sent to watch the 22-year-old in their Scottish Cup final victory as they ponder a move.
The Times since confirmed strong interest in the defender from Aston Villa.
As per Football Insider, the Ibrox club are lining up new contract talks with Bassey and will offer him a ‘massive’ pay rise in order to try and convince him to stay, but calls from the Premier League may be too hard for him to turn down.
The Latest: Agbonlahor reacts
Speaking to Football Insider, Agbonlahor has now claimed that Rangers will have an ‘issue’ in not being able to offer Bassey as much money as a club in the English top flight, admitting that he does not see the 22-year-old signing a new deal and staying at Ibrox beyond this summer.
The former Villa striker – who contributes as a pundit for Sky Sports – replied when asked if the defender will sign a new deal with the Gers: “I don’t think he will, to be honest.
“The problem with Rangers and Celtic is they can’t pay the money that teams in the Premier League can. Goldson’s trying to move for financial reasons.
“What can Rangers offer Bassey? That’s the issue. He could probably get double the money at Aston Villa.
“I’m sure he would be reluctant to sign a new contract and see what is out there for him, to be honest.
“There will be clubs out there for him, 1000 per cent. He’s quick, calm on the ball, strong and good in the air.
“I’d take him at Aston Villa tomorrow. A lot of clubs in the Premier League will look at him.
“I’m surprised that Leicester let him go, to be honest. That’s very strange.”
The Verdict: Departure seems inevitable
Unfortunately for the Light Blues, it seems inevitable that Bassey will move on if Villa or another club in the Premier League were to put in a serious offer for him.
The 22-year-old has already shown that he is made for the big stage with his impressive performance in their Europa League final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, making three interceptions and two tackles on the night, while his display was described as ‘astonishing’ by BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves.
Nonetheless, with a new contract on the table, Bassey’s future now lies in his own hands, and it looks set to be a big couple of months over the summer for the Nigeria international.
In other news, find out who has now emerged as a Gers target
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