The Lowdown: Aribo sold, Bassey set to go…
However, he will be without midfielder Joe Aribo, who has joined Southampton, and Rangers also look set to lose defender Calvin Bassey.
Ajax are closing in on the 22-year-old’s services in a deal worth €22m (£18.7m) plus €5m (£4.25m) in add-ons, and Agbonlahor has voiced his belief that more exits from Ibrox could be around the corner.
The Latest: Agbonlahor’s comments
Talking to Football Insider, Agbonlahor – who contributes for talkSPORT – was asked if Rangers can persuade Kent and Morelos to sign new contracts at Ibrox, amid recent reports that talks are underway to that effect.
He believes that will be ‘very difficult’ and doesn’t think that the Gers can match wages from clubs in England’s top two tiers.
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“It’s very difficult. Players talk, agents talk. They will know what the top Championship clubs and Premier League clubs can pay.
“I don’t think Rangers can match those wages. Maybe that’s why these players won’t sign new contracts.
“It’s very difficult to match the £50,000-a-week, £60,000-a-week, £70,000-a-week that some of these players are getting.
“Kent and Morelos will want similar money to what Aribo is now getting [at Southampton]. Rangers can’t get anywhere near that. Maybe they can keep them for another year and then let them go on a free.
“They can’t afford to lose Aribo and Kent in the same summer. It will make it harder for them to get closer to Celtic.
“Tom Lawrence is a great signing, I really like him so he’ll be a top player for them as well.”
The Verdict: Decision needed
Therefore, Rangers could do with making a decision on whether or not to cash in on them this summer if progress is not made in contract negotiations.
The latter scenario could result in the two forwards being able to secure pre-contract agreements elsewhere in the New Year, which wouldn’t be ideal for players who are valued at a combined £27.45m by Transfermarkt.
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