Kris Boyd wowed by 'unbelievable' Calvin Bassey as big-money Rangers transfer news emerges
Kris Boyd isn’t surprised to see Calvin Bassey being linked with a mega-money move away from Rangers with Ajax looking as though they’re set to sign the defender.
Fabrizio Romano reported on Saturday night (16 July) that Ajax’s deal to sign the 22-year-old Nigeria international is at the final stages and that he could undergo a medical with the Dutch giants soon.
Sky Sports add that Ajax are paying a fee of £18.7million but that could rise to £22.9million due to add-ons and there’ll also be a 10 per cent sell-on fee that could benefit the Light Blues in the future.
Former Ibrox striker Boyd expects the deal to go through now and has called on Giovanni van Bronckhorst to bring in a new left-back to replace Ajax-bound ace Bassey.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Boyd said: “Especially towards the end of this season, and the Europa League run that Rangers had, Bassey was unbelievable. He’s versatile, too; he can play left-back, he can play the left of a two, left of a three, the centre of three and I think that’s why he’s attracting clubs. We know, nowadays, that when teams are looking at players, they are looking at them to cover numerous positions and he, Bassey, certainly falls into that category.
“These performances towards the end of the season for Rangers were outstanding and you felt as if the team got lots of belief from that as well. They didn’t have to protect the back line as much because of his pace, recovery, ability to deal with one-on-one situations. If he has to go, as it look as though is going to happen, he will be a big miss for Rangers.
“Players have left in the past and they replaced, but I think this one could be a little bit difficult because of that versatility. I think Rangers will need cover. Borna Barisic is there, but he’s been linked with moves away as well. So they are going to need someone to come in at left-back, and someone that can play on the left-hand side of a two or a three as well off the back of losing Bassey.
“Virgil van Dijk proved it at the top level, but I think is very harsh on such a young boy, at this moment, time to label him. But he’s showing that he’s got the attributes; he’s got the pace, he’s got the aggression, he’s good with the ball, he can defend one-on-ones, so he will be an attractive signing for someone.”
Good luck, Calvin
It’s not very often when a deal is a win-win all around.
But in this case, it’s hard to see how it’s not.
For Bassey, he’ll be joining one of the most historic and world-renown clubs in football where he’ll challenge regularly for silverware and play in the Champions League.
Ajax are also brilliant at getting the best out of young players and then selling them to some of the biggest clubs in the world.
For Ajax, they’ve got themselves a quality, versatile defender who’s getting better and better each time he plays. It’s hard to imagine this is true but he started last season as our second-choice left-back.
Anf for Rangers, they’re getting a lot of money for Bassey and that sell-on clause is great business because of Ajax’s track record of getting huge profits on players.
It’s been a busy week or so at Ibrox, where the revolving door keeps on spinning in terms of new signings and big sales.
Joe Aribo’s gone and now Bassey is on his way out too.
There could yet be more sales too due to Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent’s contract situations.