Following speculations that he will leave Ibrox for free at the end of the season, winger Ryan Kent is a target for both Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa and Leeds United next summer.
The 25-year-old is presently playing for the Glasgow giants for his fifth season; his first with the club was a 12-month loan. The former England Under-20 star has made 186 appearances for the Gers in all competitions, scoring 30 goals. However, he will be out of contract in the summer of 2023 and undoubtedly attract a lot of interest.
During the summer transfer window, Leeds was mentioned. They had made an effort to get him to Elland Road before, too.
Kent was a target for the Argentinian in the summer of 2019, who was known to be a fan. However, at the time, Rangers manager Gerrard warned the Yorkshire team to “hands off.”
Twelve months later, Bielsa tried again, but the Scottish club still wouldn’t cooperate. It appears that the current Leeds manager Jesse Marsch is also interested in the wide receiver.
According to The Sunday Mirror, the Whites would send a scout to see him in Champions League action. On Tuesday night, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team plays Liverpool after dropping their first two group games.
Kent will have a chance to impress a large audience during the game at Anfield. Leeds won’t be the only ones on Merseyside who will be paying attention, though.
Gerrard is eager to see Kent again.
Gerrard, the manager of Aston Villa, assumed control at Ibrox in June 2018, and Kent joined on loan a month later. The former England midfielder frequently started with the Oldham-born sensation.
Additionally, he had the kind of form that would undoubtedly catch the eye of major clubs. But the former Liverpool captain was able to hang onto his top player.
And it appears that Gerrard would prefer him at Villa Park right now. Rangers has talked to the player about the potential of a contract extension in an effort to keep hold of him.
However, it appears that he is determined to look for a new challenge in 2023–2024. The reviews of Kent’s time with the Rangers have been largely positive.
There is a school of thought that claims he occasionally falls short in the biggest games. It could be necessary to switch up the setting in order to help him step up his game.
His performance on Tuesday at Anfield will be put to the test severely. There are few bigger games in England than a journey to take on Jurgen Klopp’s team.