The future of Ryan Kent could be in the short-term interest of Liverpool following reports that Leeds United are plotting to swoop for the Rangers winger.
According to The Scotsman, Marcelo Bielsa is looking to revamp his interest in Kent with a reported £10 million opening bid.
If Kent were to be for sold on a permanent basis then Liverpool will reportedly as per The Standard receive a 20 per cent sell-on fee after sporting director Michael Edwards inserted a craft-clause into the contract agreement after Kent joined Rangers on a permanent basis in 2019.
The report claims that Edwards had anticipated a number of clubs striking a future interest in the player considering Kent’s age and talent.
The Mail reported on Friday that Steven Gerrard had issued a hands-off warning after Leeds’ opening bid was quickly rejected.
Gerrard claimed that Leeds’ initial offer was ‘nowhere near his valuation’ although Bielsa is likely to not give up interest too easily.
Leeds had previously tried to sign Kent after it was made clear that Liverpool were looking to sell the versatile winger on a permanent basis rather than opt for another loan move last year.
‘The message is hands-off,’ Gerrard explained to reporters on Friday as per The Mail.
“Ryan is a player we want to keep hold of.
‘They are way, way off with that opening bid. That’s the truth and the reality. He’s a player who is not for sale.”
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It’s another potential financial masterstroke from Edwards who continues to effectively find ways of injecting cash towards Liverpool’s direction.
He orchestrated a similar clause into Philippe Coutinho’s Barcelona contract after the Brazil international left Liverpool in 2018.
Edwards included a number of player-specific add-ons rather than club-specific which dictate Barcelona will have to pay Liverpool £5 million if Coutinho wins the Champions League.
Coutinho is currently on loan with Bayern Munich who are preparing for their Champions League final with Paris Saint Germain on Sunday night.
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