Ajax are convinced that Rangers defender Calvin Bassey can continue his miraculous development in Amsterdam, according to Het Parool.
The Amsterdam-based newspaper reported on 19 July that Ajax are set to pay more than £17million to sign the 22-year-old Nigeria international while the Daily Mail suggests it’s way more, saying on 16 July it’s £19million plus £4.25m in add-ons.
Bassey had a stunning season last time out as he swapped from his regular left-back role into a centre-back one and Het Parool says that he can be a better version of Davinson Sanchez in the Dutch capital.
The report says: “The best-case scenario with the 22-year-old is mouth-watering. Because at Rangers FC, Bassey has grown in record time from the arrival of trainer Giovanni van Bronckhorst (November 2021) into one of the most interesting talents on the European fields.
“If Bassey continues that lightning-fast development in Amsterdam, then Ajax will have access to a Davinson Sánchez type, but with a bit more quality in possession.
Het Parool adds: “Given the hefty price tag of more than 20 million euros, Ajax is convinced that Bassey will remain a developmental miracle in year two as a central defender.”
Bassey was outstanding for Rangers last season.
He grew and grew and he ended 2021/22 as one of the club’s best players in their domestic and European campaigns.
Bassey was a stand-out performer in both the Scottish Cup and Europa League finals and Ajax have got themselves an absolute gem in the Nigeria international.
Since signing from Leicester, Bassey has always been viewed as a back-up left-back to Borna Barisic.
When Barisic was in need of a rest or his form had dropped, Bassey always provided solid cover in the full-back role but he started to come into his own last season when he partnered Connor Goldson in the central defensive area.
It looks as though Ajax want to continue playing Bassey in the middle, which makes a lot of sense after they sold Lisandro Martinez to Manchester United.
We’ll have to keep one eye on the Dutch league and Ajax’s performances in Europe too because it’ll be really interesting to see how Bassey gets on there.
The Dutch seem excited by the signing and while we’re gutted to see one of our best players leave, we’re thrilled with the deal itself and the fact that the young defender gets to play for one of the most historic clubs in the world.