It is hardly a secret that Steven Gerrard would like to keep Ryan Kent at Rangers for as long as possible.
The Liverpool-loanee has been outstanding for the Ibrox outfit this season and has impressed many in the stands at Ibrox with his performances for the Light Blues, whilst he was also crowned the Scottish Young Player of the Year.
However, it seems Gerrard’s former club may have handed his chances of securing the 22-year-old on a permanent deal a huge blow.
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According to a report by Football Insider, it is claimed the Premier League giants value Kent at around the £12million mark; a price too high for Rangers to pay.
The figure is believed to be around twice the amount that the Light Blues were willing to pay for the winger and it would now seem his future lies elsewhere.
There is no doubt that Liverpool’s latest valuation of Kent will have come as a huge blow to Rangers and it will have made it extremely difficult for them to land him on a permanent deal this summer.
The 22-year-old has been a star at Ibrox, having hit six goals and providing his team-mates with nine assists in his 42 appearances across all competitions, and many of the faithful would have been more than happy to have him in the blue jersey for a long time to come.
£12m is a lot of money for a club in Scotland to pay for a player, and whilst they might be able to part with that kind of cash should they sell Alfredo Morelos, it is not like Rangers have many areas of the pitch that they will need to address.
Barring a replacement for the Colombian, they may also need to add a goalkeeper, a centre-back and potentially a midfielder to their squad in order to challenge the likes of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
At least Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones is arriving soon, as that may help to soften the blow Kent’s likely departure will cause.
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