Rangers could be forced to respond to Steven Gerrard’s demands as Aston Villa eye transfer crumbles – .

Rangers could be forced to respond to Steven Gerrard’s demands as Aston Villa eye transfer crumbles – .

Steven Gerrard’s arrival at Aston Villa has prompted reports to suggest his new club will rekindle their interest in Finland international Glen Kamara.
The Rangers midfielder was instrumental in Gerrard’s success at Ibrox, making 123 appearances under the Liverpool legend and only missing five games last season when Gers won their first Scottish Premiership title in 10 years.

The Daily Record reports that Villa will ‘increase’ his interest in the midfielder after Gerrard’s appointment, and has already done the groundwork on him, having kept a close eye on Kamara over the past two windows.

Villa was apparently set to make a £ 6million bid in the summer transfer window under former boss Dean Smith, with Denmark’s sporting director Johan Lange being a big fan of the Finland international.

One potential hurdle in their pursuit of Kamara is that the player signed a new contract at Ibrox until 2025 in September, but it’s no secret that the current Rangers model means they will have to sell players for to collect funds.

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Kamara himself has never hidden his desire to play his Premier League football and he could be a vital part of Gerrard’s side at Villa, as he did under the Liverpool legend at Rangers.

In his first season at the club, following his £ 50,000 transfer from Dundee, Kamara was congratulated by his new boss after the 5-0 cup victory over Kilmarnock at Ibrox in 2019.

“It was a class act the other night,” Gerrard said.

“I thought he was superb from start to finish. Without Alfredo’s goals, he certainly would have been the man of the match. It was nice to see the midfielders take the ball from the guys at the back and make us wince.

“Glen connected the game really well. He was also very aggressive out of possession and that’s where I think he can continue to improve and move forward and become an even better player than he is. is not now.

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Gerrard said the five-figure fee Rangers paid Dundee for Kamara looked like money well spent just weeks after the Arsenal academy graduate signed in January 2019.

Having played his part in the rise of Rangers for the past three years, Kamara’s reputation was only bolstered after this summer’s European Championships, and Gerrard believes the Finn will only do so. to improve.

Kamara was rewarded with a new improved deal in September amid reported interest from Villa, Newcastle and West Ham this summer.

Gerrard said after Rangers came to an agreement with the midfielder: “I love the kid, I love the player, and I made it clear how much I wanted him to stay in a personal point of view.

“All we can do, if we want to keep a player, is make sure we make them respectable offers, and let’s hope they’re on the same page and okay with that.” . “

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But the Ibrox club find themselves in a precarious financial situation, according to some reports. They cleared up to £ 4million after Gerrard and his five staff left the club earlier in the week, but experts say player sales may be needed to cover the losses.

Speaking on the BBC’s Scottish football podcast, Tom English revealed that Rangers have lost around £ 100million since the 2012/13 season and that capitalizing on valuable players is the first stopover to recover a game of that money.

“I’m looking at the continued operating losses since the 2012/13 season, it’s around £ 100million now season after season,” English said.

“Now they have the support of very united directors and funders and that’s great. They’ve been really fantastic for the Rangers and like [football finance expert] Kieran Maguire says they have salable assets.

“I think they’re going to have to start selling some of them because player swapping, as Stewart Robertson has said a number of times now, is a critical model for the Rangers.

“They didn’t make any major player swaps at all. “

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If Gerrard reunites with Kamara in January, he will arrive as an unknown quantity for Villa supporters, but it is reassuring that one of the greatest midfielders to play in Premier League history has confidence in his skills and what he could potentially bring to the team.

At Rangers, Gerrard encouraged his attacking players to stay in the center and allow full-backs to provide the width, which was essential to have a number of players in the central areas who can combine to enter the box. repair and create goal opportunities.

At least one midfielder from Villa will be required to sit deep and protect the space left vacant by full-backs and forwards who are allowed and urged to stay in the attacking areas of the pitch under the system. by Gerrard.

Kamara would be a player able to instantly adapt to Gerrard’s demands at Villa if a January transfer could be called off.


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