If the report from Turkish outlet SporX is believed to be true, Galatasaray are weighing up a £3.5m summer move for Rangers star Joe Aribo. The Istanbul giants lost the Super Lig title to Beşiktaş on goal difference and, therefore, are keen on strengthening the current set-up to conquer the league crown dethroning their city rivals.
The Gers’ resolve was supposed to be tested in the upcoming window following a majestic Premiership triumph. Not only did they maintain an ‘invincible’ league status, but also enjoyed a productive European run that grabbed the attention of many across Europe. An array of their first-team stars impressed all throughout and the growing interest in Aribo is not a surprise considering his midfield masterclass week in week out.
The 24-year-old Nigeria international joined the Bears on a Bosman transfer a couple of summers ago. He was handed a contract extension at Charlton after securing promotion to the Championship. However, his decision of a Glasgow switch seems to have paid off as he flourished further under Steven Gerrard’s tutelage.
Why Rangers Must Not Let Him Leave
Aribo has mostly been deployed as a wide midfielder but is capable of featuring centrally as well as down the wing. His stubborn physique enables him to shield and hold the ball under pressure, also the energetic runs and smart one-twos depict his all-round ability in the middle of the park. His intelligence and composure helped him attune as a wide attacker, mostly on the right flank that allowed Gerrard to tweak the formation and inject flexibility based on the circumstances.
Although the Gers are well equipped in the centre of the pitch, the versatility of Aribo is not something that others are capable of producing. He even slotted in as a left fullback in the final two fixtures of the campaign with Borna Barisic injured and Calvin Bassey suspended. The Nigerian has an integral role in the upcoming Champions League qualifiers and the champions of Scotland must keep hold of him even if the Turkish giants come up with a much-improved offer to secure his services in due course of time.
With 8 goals and 7 assists this season across competitions, Rangers star Joe Aribo has proved his expertise in front of goal. His influence and impact can’t be replaced instantly and the gaffer, thus, must do everything to retain their prized asset irrespective of summer business.