By George Overhill

16th Jul, 2022 | 9:10am

Exclusive: Rangers are in the 'power position' as clubs chase Calvin Bassey

Rangers are in a position of strength when it comes to the potential sale of star defender Calvin Bassey, according to Fraser Fletcher

The freelance Scottish football journalist, previously full-time at the BBC, speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, shared that there is no release clause in the Nigerian international’s contract, so in contrast to the recent sale of his Super Eagles teammate Joe Aribo to Southampton, the club stay in control of negotiations.

The Daily Mail reported on Thursday (14 July) that Ajax and Brighton had both had offers turned down by the Gers, and The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell has said it will take a “huge” fee for them to accept a bid.

According to De Telegraaf there has already been a long phone call between the 22-year-old and Ajax boss Alfred Schreuder, and it appears the Dutch giants are leading this chase as Express journalist Ryan Taylor reports there are now formal talks between the clubs.

This is no surprise as Fletcher, when speaking to Ibrox News, said interest spread far and wide: “Obviously Calvin Bassey was seen by the world, not just through AFCON but obviously through the exploits of Rangers in the Europa League.

“His performances especially in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup when Rangers had played extra-time twice in a row, and then the final. 

“He’s a quality, quality football player. 

“I know for a fact that lots of clubs have checked Calvin Bassey out.

“Calvin Bassey is absolutely on the list of a number of Premier League clubs and clubs in Europe.”

Ajax have the cash from selling Lisandro Martinez to Manchester United, and Brighton could soon have the same if Marc Cucurella goes to Manchester City, while the previous links to Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa remain, but the queue is clearly a long one.

Fletcher went on to suggest that there is little chance the star defender goes cheaply, saying: “As things stand Calvin Bassey’s a Rangers player, he’s happy at Rangers.

“He’s a quality asset, he’s young, he’s only going to get better, stronger. Rangers will of course want the best for the football club and have got a highly-valued asset there.

“The club’s well aware that he’s a player that’s worth a lot of money, and I don’t expect Rangers to shrimp out on that.

“He’s not a player that’s in his last year. He’s got two years left. 

“He also doesn’t have a release clause in his deal, like Joe Aribo [did], so Rangers are in the power position and if a club wants a player like Calvin Bassey they’re going to have to pay for him.”

When talk of a move cropped up in late May it was reported immediately that the Light Blues wanted a record fee of over £25million to let him go [Sky Sports] and nothing looks to have changed since.

With Bassey settled at the club and his contract currently favouring the seller there appears to be no reason for him not to fetch that record amount if he is to leave this summer.

The power position is something that fans will certainly appreciate as the Bears enter talks with interested parties.

In other Rangers news, one of the recent arrivals at Ibrox turned down bigger money elsewhere to be a part of the club.