Charlton Athletics’ Nigerian-born midfielder, Joe Aribo has snubbed the opportunity of joining Arsenal of England, while also cutting off links with Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany and Benfica of Portugal, as he has instead opted to join Glasgow Rangers of Scotland.
Rather than take up various openings for him this summer in and outside England, Aribo is heading to Glasgow, after reaching an agreement with The Gers, and will sign a deal at Ibrox in the coming hours.
Sky Sports News reports that Aribo, who is out of contract with Charlton at the end of this month, has agreed in principle to join Steven Gerrard’s side, ahead of which the 22-year-old will undergo a medical on Monday.
After the medicals, Aribo would be expected to join up with the Rangers squad in Portugal, after the team flew out to the Algarve last weekend to begin their pre-season programme.
Gerrard’s squad departed for their training camp on Saturday, a day after Charlton manager, Lee Bowyer confirmed that Aribo has turned down a new contract offer at The Valley.
Bowyer also confirmed that two Premier League clubs had joined the chase for his signature, but Aribo, who scored 10 goals last season as Charlton were promoted to the Championship, chose to join The Gers.
Aribo is now set to become Gerrard’s seventh summer signing, after defender George Edmundson joined the club from Oldham on Friday.
This, though, comes three months after reports indicated that Arsenal were lining up a move for Aribo, who The Gunners’ scouts watched a number of times this season.
The Mirror stated back in March that The Gunners had been impressed with what they saw of Aribo and believe he could make the step up to the top-flight next season.
The report added: “The left-footed midfielder has been The Addicks standout performer this term scoring six goals in 28 appearances as Lee Bowyer’s side push for promotion.
“Aribo is out of contract at the end of the season allowing the Gunners to bag him on the cheap paying Charlton a small compensation fee due to his age.
“The Addicks offered Aribo a new deal last summer to extend his stay at the Valley.
“However, the club withdrew the offer and surprisingly offered fresh terms but on far less money.
“The new deal has been rejected and with no agreement in sight, the midfielder looks to be heading out of south-east London.
“Arsenal are no strangers to taking a punt on Charlton academy products (having) signed right-back Carl Jenkinson in 2011 for £1m.”