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Rangers: Joe Aribo linked with summer exit

Rangers: Joe Aribo linked with summer exit - Rangers Transfer Rumours

Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for an unnamed Premier League club, according to All Nigeria Soccer. 

The lowdown: Aribo catches the eye for Steven Gerrard’s side

Aribo has been with Rangers since 2019, having previously been on the books with Charlton Athletic earlier in his career, before signing for the Gers.

He has made 91 appearances in all competitions for Rangers, which includes 42 from their title-winning season last term, whilst under the management of Steven Gerrard.

Aribo netted eight goals and was on hand to provide seven assists for his Rangers team-mates, as they won the Scottish league title in convincing style.

He has two years remaining on his contract, and he is not the first Gers midfield maestro to be linked with an exit this summer, as clubs reportedly circle Glen Kamara.

The latest: High praise from former Rangers man

An unnamed Premier League club have reportedly registered their interest in signing Aribo ahead of the 2021/22 season, according to All Nigeria Soccer. 

Aribo reportedly ‘dreams of playing in the Premier League’, although it remains to be seen as to whether he’ll push for a move away from Ibrox this summer.

Former Rangers man Brian Laudrup has highlighted some of Aribo’s attributes in an interview with The Daily Mail (via The Daily Record). 

“I’ve never made any secret that I am a big Aribo fan. He is brave, with outstanding close control, and brings something different.”

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The verdict: A nervy few weeks ahead

You would imagine that Rangers will be doing all they can to keep Aribo at Ibrox for the foreseeable future.

He’s been a key player for the Gers in recent seasons, and with eight goals and seven assists to his name for Steven Gerrard’s side last term, the 25-year-old certainly played his part in their title-winning season.

Aribo had an average Whoscored rating of 7.40 from the 2020/21 season, which put him joint-second on the list for Rangers’ best performers in that campaign, with James Tavernier being the only player ahead of him with a rating of 7.75.

But the prospect of playing in the Premier League is likely to be a tempting proposition for any player, as they can come up against some of the best players in the world on a weekly basis, something which simply isn’t on offer north of the border.

This will be a concerning report to read of for Rangers supporters, as they look towards the 2021/22 league campaign and a quest to challenge Europe’s elite in the Champions League.

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