According to Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony (as told to Sky Sports, quoted by the Daily Record), Rangers target Jonson Clarke-Harris might leave the Posh this summer amid interest from an array of suitors. They are expecting an offer too good to turn down, particularly after his stunning 31-goal League One campaign that helped the Cambridgeshire side secure automatic promotion.
“Peterborough United can never pay players £25,000-30,000 a week, there will be seven or eight clubs already offering Jonson Clarke-Harris that kind of money.
“We’re not going to be selling a lot of our assets, but you always have one player that so many clubs are after, they’re going to tap them up which is normal, par for the course and it’s difficult to compete with that.”
MacAnthony accepts the harsh reality over Clarke-Harris’ Peterborough future.
Rangers, meanwhile, are gearing up for Champions League football following their incredible Premiership triumph after a decade. The challenge would be immense next season and a shake-up high up the pitch might be required with Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos being targeted by European hotshots. Also, Jermain Defoe’s contract is set to expire this month and the Gers, therefore, would need further reinforcements despite roping in Fashion Sakala from KV Oostende in pre-contracts terms.
The 26-year-old Englishman is an outright ‘number 9’ with prolific goalscoring traits who joined the Posh last summer after an impressive stint with Bristol Rovers. He opted not to extend his stay at the Memorial Ground and returned to London Road where he had a brief spell with the reserves during his teenage days.
Why Rangers Must Step Up The Chase
Rangers target Jonson Clarke-Harris has surpassed the success of Ivan Toney (who left for Brentford last summer) in Peterborough colours and his exquisite scoring form has drawn the attention of a host of high-profile Championship outfits. The Bears must offer a deal more fascinating than the others, whereas the profile of European football makes them a desired destination for many individuals.
Steven Gerrard has done wonders in terms of scripting a resurgence since taking charge of this prestigious football club. His philosophy and timely transfer deals have transformed Rangers into an admirable force after years of despair. They dominated Celtic time and again in recent fixtures and the gaffer must be relishing the opportunity of making his presence known in the prestigious Champions League competition. The signings have to be top-notch in the upcoming window and the statistics of Clarke-Harris are too good to be ignored before the others leapfrog the Ibrox giants.