Liverpool allegedly want more than £12million for Ryan Kent this summer, pricing Rangers out of a move.
The report comes from the Liverpool Echo, who say the Reds were inspired by outside business when setting the price.
They mention, for instance, Bournemouth’s purchase of David Brooks. The 21-year-old moved for a similar amount last summer after just one senior season in the Championship.
That quick increase in value from outside a top league has supposedly convinced Liverpool that they can demand a similar fee.
Kent has enjoyed a decent season in Scotland, playing regularly and generating some hype.
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It is no surprise that Rangers would like to keep him but it appears Liverpool aren’t willing to do Steven Gerrard a favour here.
The Daily Record claimed on Wednesday morning that Gerrard was hoping to sign the player but was feeling priced out.
They quoted a price between £8m-10m, although the Echo believes it is even higher than that.
£12m for Kent might seem high but Liverpool have done similar business recently. Dominic Solanke moved to Bournemouth in January for a reported £19m, while Jordon Ibe made the same move in 2016 for £15m.
Neither ever established themselves in a Premier League side but both went for sizeable fees.
Brooks is another who managed that, which does lead us to one conclusion: Liverpool may be hoping Bournemouth are interested in Kent.