By Joe Ellis

15th Jul, 2022 | 11:10am

Rangers ace Calvin Bassey open to further talks with two potential suitors

Rangers defender Calvin Bassey would be open to further talks with both Ajax and Brighton as they chase his signature, according to Sky Sports.

The Nigerian international has been attracting a wave of interest this summer after a stellar end to the 2021-22 campaign with the Light Blues which saw him earn man of the match in the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Dutch champions and the Seagulls are the only two sides to have held talks with the 22-year-old but there is further interest from former Gers boss Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa [Sky Sports].

As well as the Villains, Bundesliga and Serie A teams have been keeping a close eye on his situation but no offers have come forward from either league.

Alfred Schreuder, Ajax head coach, has already spoken to Bassey over the phone and the club are now preparing their opening offer after he was impressed by what he heard although the defensive monster is open to hearing what Brighton have to say too.

Rinse them

If they want Bassey to move to Amsterdam or Brighton then both teams had better be prepared to pay a premium for such a dominant player.

Everyone knows that the Dutch side are about to receive a whopping price from Manchester United for their Argentinian defender Lisandro Martinez and they are therefore in need of a replacement.

The need coupled with the influx in cash means we can afford to bide our time and demand high until they either meet us in the middle or turn their attention elsewhere.

Both would be a great result for us because we would either gain a huge amount of money to reinvest in the team or keep the best defender in the Scottish Premiership and not have to worry about the defence at all.

It could be even trickier for the Seagulls to prize him away from Ibrox with no European football on the horizon and no big sales to generate the money required for such a purchase.

In other Rangers news, Giovanni van Bronckhorst is set to complete his fifth signing of the off-season in a loan-to-buy agreement with these European giants.