Premier League sides Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton are believed to be considering buying Glasgow Rangers captain James Tavernier, with an £8 million fee mentioned, according to the Daily Mail.
The 27-year-old has produced his best form for the Gers this season, scoring 16 goals and an astounding 20 assists playing at right-back.
It would appear Tavernier’s improved performances have been noticed by Premier League sides, with Burnley also touted as a potential suitor.
In my opinion, if the bidding got beyond £6 million for Tavernier, who will be 28 this October, then Rangers should accept the money.
If the Gers would change to playing with three at the back and moved Tavernier to right-wing-back, he could become a £10 million player a year from now.
Steven Gerrard should definitely sell the right-back, as I know he costs Rangers vital goals as he goes missing in far too many games.
He is not a solid tackling, reliable defender and is also very average in the air. If Gerrard persists playing four at the back, sell him for a tidy profit.
Tavernier joined the club in 2015 and quickly established himself at right back, and when fit he always starts for Gerrard’s starting XI.
His attacking prowess is never in question, it’s his defending that suffers when he is caught out of position. Three at the back would solve that problem.
The former Newcastle United and Wigan player is often very accurate at set-pieces, and is a great penalty taker, which many managers would find attractive.
Defensively Tavernier is often pointed out by the opposition managers to target the right back as susceptible to bad positioning, especially when Rangers lose the ball.
What do the fans think Gerrard should do, sell him or not?
Given his age and what Rangers paid for him, most fans feel that Gerrard should sell the defender, but only if it’s an offer around £6 – £8 million.
In American Matt Polster and Englishman Jon Flanagan, Rangers already have two alternative right-backs, unless they can find anybody better.
That money would place the manager in a better position to bolster other more important areas in the final third of the team.
Flanagan, the former Liverpool man, would be an excellent replacement for Tavernier, and would much prefer to be playing at right-back, instead of the left.
Defensively, Tavernier has often been average, but his attacking flair and crossing skills have dramatically covered up for these obvious frailties.
Most fans have unfortunately never rated Tavernier as a strong Rangers captain. Possibly Connor Goldson could take over, if Tavernier is sold.