Crystal Palace have strong backing from journalists and a former player to make a bid for Rangers star Joe Aribo this summer, according to The 4th Official.
Ibrox’s trusted news source reported via his Patreon account on Sunday June 26 that there was ‘a feeling there will be a decent offer for Aribo’ after the 25-year-old performed so well for the United States. Light Blues in 2021/22. season.
The 4th official has been told by two anonymous reporters close to Crystal Palace that there is bound to be an offer for the Nigeria international, with one suggesting £8m could be offered even though Rangers are likely to want £12m pound sterling.
An unnamed former Palace player also said: “Definite interest. Its main attraction is its versatility. It’s not just that [Patrick] Viera is interested, someone we’ve been looking for for a long time.
“There’s no way we won’t bid, I think. Again, we won’t be paying silly money, but he’s a player who probably would have been out of reach were it not for the fact that he has a year left in his contract. So no doubt we will be disappointed if another Premier League club gets him.
hard to swallow
It’s crazy that Rangers have allowed themselves to get to the point where Aribo, Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent are all in the final year of their contracts.
We will be surprised if at least one of them is not sold this summer because otherwise the Gers risks losing them for free next year.
It wouldn’t shock us if Rangers fans react to this update, complaining that Palace may be offering just £8m for Aribo.
Yes, it is below what it is worth. But that’s probably not below what he’s worth when they could hold out for another few months and try to sign him for next to nothing in January.
Or, what could be worse is if they hold out until next summer.
Rangers’ situation means they have no power over the future of these three players.
They can’t charge a decent transfer fee and they’ll be forced to sell if an offer comes along.
What a waste it is.
We are close to our Champions League qualifiers now and no one has been signed apart from John Souttar, who has always signed anyway.
If any offers come in for Aribo, they could be made at the end of the summer as the clubs can then catch us at our weakest point.
In other Rangers news, Gary Keown has slammed Ross Wilson’s transfer strategy and sent a message to the Gers chief.