Manchester United and Arsenal are looking at Rangers skipper James Tavernier and could make a summer move, according to a report.
Bradford-born Tavernier had a season to remember for the Gers helping them win their first SPFL title for 10 years. The 29-year-old right-back was a big part of that title success with 46 appearances in all competitions.
His attacking exploits also saw him bag 19 goals, 10 of which were penalties, while he also grabbed an amazing 16 assists.
Those figures have been divulged by a number of clubs and 90min claim United, Arsenal, Brighton and Norwich are “taking an interest” in the player.
“I am delighted to extend my contract at this magnificent club. As soon as I arrived six years ago, I soon realised how massive this club is.
“It isn’t a club really – it’s an institution,” said Tavernier, who is understood to be happy at Ibrox and not looking to move on.
His future though may be out of his own hands. Especially with Rangers struggling financially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In November Rangers announced a £15.9m loss up to 30 June. That was an increase of £4.3m from the previous year, amid the “economic storm”.
The club noted that they require in excess of £23m by the end of next season. Chairman Douglas Park and director John Bennett though have agreed to cover the shortfall.
“At the time of preparation, the forecast identified that the Group would require £8.8m by way of debt or equity funding by the end of season 2020-21 in order to meet its liabilities as they fall due with further funding of £14.4m required by the end of season 2021-22,” read the club’s financial report.
That may lead Steven Gerrard to selling some of his established players. And if an offer too good to refuse was lodged, Tavernier could be moved on.
Cheaper alternative to Trippier
United are said to be looking for experienced cover for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.
Kieran Trippier has been widely reported to be the man that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to being back from Spain. However, Atletico Madrid are driving a hard bargain and
John Murtough reportedly failed recently with his first bid, which came in at £10million. But the BBC claim Atletico want double that and United are not willing to go to £20m for the former Burnley and Spurs man.
Tavernier would be a cheaper alternative and United may look to elevate their interest in the next month.
Arsenal are thought to be monitoring Tavernier, with Hector Bellerin likely to leave The Emirates this summer.