Young defender Leon King has rejected Rangers’ first professional contract offer and now has the club worried about losing him to a top Premier League club. Manchester City are one of these clubs interested, as well as Chelsea and Liverpool, according to the Daily Record.
It’s reported that the youngster has been on the radar of City’s scouts for over a year, and they see this as the perfect time to move in for his signature. As well as Premier League clubs, other outfits from around Europe, including RB Leipzig, have also been keeping tabs on King.
The 15-year-old is a regular and integral part of Scotland’s Under 17 set-up, and has featured in Rangers’ EDS squad from the age of 14.
Although it is not until January 2020 that King turns 16, the club are worried about a similar situation to that of Billy Gilmour, who moved to Chelsea. When he rejected Rangers’ deal, a £500,000 fee was agreed and he made the switch to London.
Manchester City will look to use the pull of the world class facilities the CFA provide when negotiating with King. He would also join the EDS alongside the likes of Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Eric Garcia – who have made appearances for the first team this season.
Following King’s 16th birthday, he can choose where he wants to play his football if he hasn’t accepted a future contract offer from Rangers beforehand.
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