By Pranav Shahaney

12th Aug, 2021 | 9:45am

Leeds United handed major boost to sign Ryan Kent

Rangers may be compelled to sell Leeds United target Ryan Kent this summer as they failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Gers’ lack of Champions League revenue this season means they almost certainly will have to sell certain players to balance the books.

According to BBC pundit Richard Foster, that result will have huge financial ramifications for the Scottish side.

He said, “This is going to have huge financial implications for Rangers. They need to sell players.

“Losing their biggest assets will weaken them dramatically.”

One of their biggest assets is the 24-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Elland Road this summer.

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Recently, even The Athletic’s Phil Hay discussed him joining Leeds, and said that they could make a move for the attacker now that Rangers will not be competing in the Champions League this season.

Via his personal Twitter account, he wrote, “It’s no secret at all that Leeds and Bielsa have liked Ryan Kent for a long time.

“Rangers are out of the Champions League – [The Athletic journalist] Jordan Campbell reflects here on the likelihood that departures from Ibrox are coming.”

Jack Harrison and Raphinha are our only nailed-on starting wingers this season and given how Bielsa makes his players run up and down the field, they’re unlikely to play 90 minutes in every game.

Signing Kent will give Bielsa not just a player with a tremendous work-rate but also a fine end product, one of the main reasons why he’s rated so highly by the hierarchy at the Ibrox.

Last season, he bagged eight goals and seven assists in the league – a return similar to that of Harrison, whom we signed on a permanent basis this summer.

He even impressed Steven Gerrard, who referred to him as “magnificent” back in 2019. [Rangers Twitter]

Thus far, we’ve made just one signing that would strengthen our playing eleven in Junior Firpo, and getting a player of Kent’s calibre would see us bring another one who would be pushing Harrison and Raphinha to up their game or end up being benched for him.

At 24, Kent is at the ripe age to make the move to the Premier League and his fitness record is something that Bielsa and the Leeds hierarchy would be impressed about.

Over to you, Victor Orta. Time to get Kent to Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Whites want to sign new int’l centre-mid, talks to start next week – report