Ryan Kent finally set to seal departure from Liverpool
Liverpool winger Ryan Kent is heading to Rangers as the two clubs close in on a deal, according to a report.
Kent spent last season with the Scottish giants and Steven Gerrard has been interested in the player all summer, but the clubs have not been able to come to an agreement.
Now The Times’ Paul Joyce claims an agreement is “close” with the fee believed to be around £6-7m with personal terms to sort out before today’s deadline.
The summer transfer window will officially close in Scotland at midnight on Monday, September 2, so Rangers have some wiggle time to get a deal over the line.
Liverpool have made it clear that Kent can move on this summer – but the 22-year-old’s price tag was out of reach for Rangers.
Leeds almost brokered a deal last month – but Liverpool refused to entertain a loan before a permanent move.
Discussing their prospects of signing Kent on Friday, Gers boss Steven Gerrard said: “Nothing has changed on the Ryan Kent situation.
“Again we’d love to have him here but Liverpool’s stance hasn’t changed. So we move on and move forward.”
Glasgow Rangers close to agreeing permanent deal for Liverpool's Ryan Kent. Fee would be in region of £6/7m. Personal terms and medical to do once club agreement.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) September 2, 2019
It’s not quite clear which team’s stance has changed, but after Bobby Duncan’s agent slammed the club last week it looks as though his client is heading to Fiorentina, it could suggest that Liverpool’s stance has softened.
Duncan’s agent Saif Rubie posted a lengthy statement on social media claiming Liverpool had reneged on a deal and accused the club and Michael Edwards of ignoring the player’s mental health.
Liverpool denied the claims, but both Duncan and Kent now look set to leave Anfield.