By George Overhill

15th Jul, 2022 | 12:40pm

Rangers close to Malik Tillman deal but Bayern Munich to want future option

Bayern Munich will want a buy-back option included in the deal for Rangers to sign Malik Tillman, according to Derek Rae.

The club are closing in on signing the US international on a season-long loan with an option to buy him permanently next summer, as reported by The Times.

But ESPN’s lead voice on the Bundesliga, Rae, says if the 20-year-old moves to Ibrox for good the German giants are going to want to retain control for the future.

In a post on his personal Twitter account on Friday morning (15 July) he wrote: “Medical check for Bayern & USMNT’s Malik Tillman with Europa League runners up Rangers. Deal tending towards a loan with an option to buy. However Bayern will likely want a buy back option for themselves as part of the deal.”

Then in a follow up message in response to a comment he added: “They tend to keep their options open so as not to have questions asked later. Personally don’t see him breaking through at Bayern which is a comment on the internal competition there. But FCB will always make sure they hold the cards for later.”

Cost of business

It may be frustrating to have to cede some control over a deal but in order to bring in a highly-rated player from a European giant it is a necessary evil.

In the event that the Bavarians were minded to activate a buy-back then it would presumably mean that the attacking midfielder has been a major hit at Ibrox.

Even in that scenario, if Giovanni van Bronckhorst was able to get a couple of seasons from him at a high enough level for it to come into play it should go down as a significant coup.

It appears that the Gers have overcome competition from England to get in place to complete this deal, which shows the ever-increasing sway the club has after success in recent years.

The youngster is sure to have talent but he has barely played at the Allianz Arena over the last year, so the Light Blues will have to hope that he can get up to speed as quickly as possible.

There was much fanfare around another loan move for a player from a continental heavyweight back in January but Aaron Ramsey’s time at the club didn’t go to plan.

Everyone involved will hope the Tillman deal is far more fruitful, and if he ends up heading back to Germany for a bigger fee somewhere down the line then it will have been a success.

In other Rangers news, there has been extensive direct contact between one Ibrox star and the manager that is pushing to sign him away.