Transfer News: Crystal Palace told to pay £10 million for Joe Aribo

Crystal Palace will have to fork out at least £10 million to land Rangers star Joe Aribo in the January transfer window.

According to Football Insider, Premier League side Crystal Palace will need to fork out a transfer fee of over £10 million in order to sign Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo in the upcoming January transfer window.

The 25-year-old is one of Steven Gerrard’s key players at the Ibrox. While the Scottish champions have no intention to let the player go easily, a fee in the region of the aforementioned figure could sway their heads. Aribo joined the club from the English side Charlton Athletic on a free in 2019. He has since seen his reputation rise as Rangers once again emerge as a force in Scottish football.

A versatile player capable of fulfilling several roles, Aribo has so far made 107 appearances for Rangers. During that time, he has scored 19 goals and assisted 17 more. He has also won seven caps for Nigeria at the senior level.

Palace have made some wise investments this summer. Michael Olise, Marc Guehi, Will Hughes, Odsonne Edouard and Joachim Anderson have given Patrick Vieira a solid young foundation to build his team around. Another one of Palace’s key acquisitions was Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher who signed on a season-long loan. The youngster has been an excellent addition and impressed in the Eagles’ 2-2 draw away to Arsenal.

Crystal Palace will have to fork out at least £10 million to land Rangers star Joe Aribo in the January transfer window
Joe Aribo joined Rangers from Charlton Athletic in 2019. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

With him unlikely to sign on permanently, a void needs to be filled in a year. Aribo could be just the man to do that. There is little doubt that he has improved in the last few seasons. Playing under one of the greatest midfielders of his generation in Steven Gerrard surely appeared to have worked wonders.

Aribo is currently in the final 18 months of his contract that will expire in 2023. Unless he pens a new deal, Palace could find themselves being handed the stronger hand in negotiations.

For all their success domestically, Rangers have little chance of offering the player a bigger stage for his performances. Palace, for their part, are miles away from competition for silverware. However, with a young core at the helm, the Londoners could be putting together something special.

A no non-sense player, the Nigerian should slot in seamlessly in Vieira’s midfield. His presence will also give the more technical players ahead of him the freedom to express themselves. His ability to dribble and make key passes and an eye for tackle could see him fit like a glove at Selhurst Park. Whether an agreement can be reached between the clubs, this January remains to be seen.

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