Fabrizio Romano: Calvin Bassey to sign Ajax contract today to complete Rangers exit
The deal that sees Rangers receive over €22million for Calvin Bassey is set to be competed as Fabrizio Romano says “it’s done”.
The Nigerian international is to sign his Ajax contract on Wednesday (20 July), which will seal the deal on what will be by far the Light Blues’ record sale.
An outstanding season in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side saw interest arrive through the summer from various sources, but the Dutch champions won the race and will make the 22-year-old the third-most expensive signing in Dutch football [Daily Record].
Transfer journalist Romano, who also writes for The Guardian, posted on Twitter on Wednesday morning: “Calvin Bassey signs his contract as new Ajax player today, official statement to follow.
“Full agreement in place with Rangers as revealed on Saturday: €22m plus add-ons and 10% sell-on clause.
“No issues, it’s done – Bassey will be unveiled as new Ajax signing soon.”
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Nobody wanted to see him go but after the season he had in high profile matches it was always a possibility during the summer window.
The club held firm and made sure that they netted big money for the defender who had arrived for around a 10th of the fee that is taking him to the Eredivisie.
It has been a few days now since it became clear the deal was happening so the quicker it can be officially wrapped up and everyone can move on with the rest of the window, and the preparations for the new season, on both sides the better.
The squad that drew so much attention in going all the way to the Europa League final in 2021/22 is now starting to lose some important members, with Bassey following Joe Aribo out of Ibrox.
But the club have strengthened with a strong haul of signings, particularly in attack, and the arrival of John Souttar cannot be underestimated.
The Scottish international will cover the absence of Bassey’s talents in a central role, and the Gers are now considering a new left-back as well in the form of Besiktas’ Ridvan Yilmaz [Daily Mail].
In other Rangers news, one mooted exit to England looks like it certainly is not happening.