Joe Aribo is a long way from signing a new contract with Rangers, says journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The 25-year-old is out of contract next year and continues to be linked with a move to the Premier League.
What’s the latest on Aribo?
According to The Sun, Crystal Palace are lining up a £10million bid for Aribo as they prepare to live without Conor Gallagher.
Gallagher has been a revelation at Selhurst Park this season as he closes in double figures on Premier League goals.
The young England midfielder, of course, is only on loan at Palace from Chelsea and is expected to return to Stamford Bridge this summer following his superb campaign with the Eagles.
And it looks like Aribo is the man Patrick Vieira has identified to replace him.
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What did O’Rourke say about Aribo?
Getting Aribo out of Ibrox may not prove too difficult, with O’Rourke telling GIVEMESPORT he is not close to extending his current contract with the club, which expires at the end of next season.
Speaking to GMS, the transfer insider said: “Aribo, obviously, he has just returned from the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria, still far from signing a new contract.”
Will the Rangers be able to keep hold of Aribo?
It’s starting to look unlikely as Palace aren’t the only Premier League club believed to be fans of Aribo.
The Daily Mail reported in November that Brentford and Watford had also made the Nigerian midfielder a target.
Aribo has been a key player for Rangers since joining the Glasgow side from Charlton Athletic in 2019. He has already hit the 30-game mark this season, showing his importance to the team.
Ultimately, it’s not an individual manager that Giovanni van Bronckhorst will want to lose, although his exit is starting to look like a foregone conclusion.
Rangers, however, will survive and have already shown they can attract good midfielders to the club after signing Aaron Ramsey from Juventus. So if Aribo does end up leaving Ibrox this summer, you wouldn’t be betting on Gers finding a suitable replacement, especially if they take on a £10million transfer fee for the Nigeria international.
In an ideal world for Rangers, Aribo would sign a new five-year contract and stay at Glasgow, but that just doesn’t seem to be happening as things stand.