Aberdeen have been hit with a transfer twist, with defender Scott McKenna making it clear he wants to leave Pittodrie.
The Daily Record have reported that he has handed in a transfer request, amidst interest from the English Championship.
The Dons have knocked back bids from Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest according to the report.
Sure, McKenna seemingly wants to leave, but what does his request actually change?
Aberdeen still hold all the cards after transfer twist
McKenna’s contracted to the Pittodrie side until 2023. They are under no pressure to sell him and will quite rightly only sell him on their terms.
What’s to suggest that they’ll accept less than that 12 months on? If anything, McKenna’s value will have increased after another season of football and international experience.
Aberdeen hold all the cards. All McKenna and his representatives have done in lodging a transfer request is rock the boat a bit, nothing more.
The timing of all this is also a bit confusing. He’s a 22-year-old defender with plenty of potential, contracted to Aberdeen for the long haul. Of course money talks, but why does McKenna seem in such a hurry to leave Pittodrie?
He’s one of the main players in a promising squad. Aberdeen have looked after him well, so it seems strange that he now wants a hasty exit.
McKenna would be a big loss for Aberdeen, but his transfer request doesn’t really change much. All it does is indicate McKenna wants a switch, but that doesn’t mean the Dons have to grant him that wish.