Ryan Kent, Rangers’ attacking winger, has agreed in principle to join Turkish giants Fenerbahce at the end of the season, according to reports emerging from Turkey.
Kent, 26, is poised to end his five-year stint in Glasgow when his contract expires this summer.
Ertan Suzgun, a Turkish football journalist, claimed on Thursday evening that Kent has reached an agreement to swap Rangers for Fenerbahce, making him the first player to leave Ibrox in the offseason.
"“Fenerbahçe have reached an agreement in principle with English player Ryan Kent, who plays for Glasgow Rangers,” Suzgun said in a tweet."
Kent’s potential move to Turkey comes as a strange career choice for the Englishman who is entering his prime.
The Turkish Super Lig is arguably inferior to the Scottish Premiership, so the transfer seems a backward step.
Kent was said to have attracted interest from Premier League clubs, a switch that would have made far more sense for the winger.
Whether money is the motivation behind Kent’s decision remains unclear. Nonetheless, he would be seen as a major signing for Fenerbahce given his undeniable talent.
Michael Beale, Rangers’ assistant manager, has hinted in cryptic fashion that Kent’s departure was imminent.
Ryan Kent set for surprise move to Turkey
His disappointing exit now appears to have come to fruition. While Kent has struggled to live up to expectations this season, he has produced moments of brilliance during his time at Ibrox.
The transfer, should it materialise, would mark the first departure of what promises to be a busy summer at Rangers.
Kent leaves large boots to fill on the wing, and finding a replacement will likely be top of the club’s priorities.
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