Ryan Kent was not the only Rangers FC star that Leeds United tabled a bid for this summer.
Rangers FC have not been strangers to transfer gossip in the media this summer. The ongoing situation with Alfredo Morelos continues to occupy headlines in Scotland, and the interest expressed by Leeds United in Ryan Kent has been a hot topic as well.
Fortunately for Rangers, the dynamic winger confirmed his desire to stay with the Light Blues as he acknowledges the size and importance of the club.
Sticking to this discussion involving Leeds United, the newly-promoted Premier League club apparently targeted a different key player at Rangers a few months ago.
According to a new report from Croatia (via HITC), Leeds United wanted left-back Borna Barisic. The report provides specific numbers as they claim that Leeds United tabled a bid of £8m for the Croatian international, which was rejected by the Scottish giants.
Good Call by Rangers
Barisic is an important, versatile player for Steven Gerrard and the tactical strategy he has implemented at Ibrox. Barisic, along with James Tavernier on the other wing, has transformed the way Rangers attack the opposition.
His pace, field vision, technical skills, movement off the ball, crossing accuracy, and ability to threaten keepers from distance makes him an integral component to the overall success of the club.
If the report is accurate, this would be the second time that Leeds United submitted low-ball offers to Rangers for their star players.
Their obsession with Barisic and Kent is valid, but their approach to those deals were ill-advised, and it will only make it more difficult for them to conduct business with Gers in the future.
Overall, though, Rangers’ front office made the right call by quickly pushing Leeds United back. Barisic is untouchable in Gerrard’s eyes, as he should be.
Would a mouth-watering bid change the board’s mind? Yes, as that is the nature of the business, but an offer of £8m is only worthy of a quick peek before being tossed in the bin.