By Joe Ellis

20th Jul, 2022 | 12:10pm

Rangers asked to pay £5.1million plus sell-on fee for Ridvan Yilmaz

Besiktas are asking for a transfer fee of £5.1million to sell Ridvan Yilmaz as Rangers engage in talks, according to Turkish journalist Gokmen Ozcan.

The Daily Mail reported on 20 July that the Light Blues were exploring the possibility of signing the six-time Turkish international having just completed the £4million purchase of central defender Ben Davies from Liverpool.

But to sign Yilmaz, the Bears are going to have to pay even more than that as not only do Besiktas want the £5.1million but they also demand that a sell-on clause is added to the deal to ensure any future sale further benefits them.

Rangers’ Europa League conquerors Eintracht Frankfurt had tried to sign the 21-year-old earlier this summer but the deal broke down and the Gers, according to Ozcan on Twitter, have asked why that deal fell through.

They are also readying their first offer to the 2020-21 Turkish Super League champions and the impending sale of Calvin Bassey should mean that the money is not an issue for the Scottish Cup champions.

Final requirement

It has been an exceptional transfer window for Rangers in every sense of the word and this would be the final icing on the cake that Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ross Wilson have managed to bake.

Despite the losses of Joe Aribo and, barring a late twist, Bassey, the Light Blues have managed to replace both players with much cheaper alternatives and found further improvements in other areas.

That only really leaves a new left-back to challenge Borna Barisic on van Bronckhorst’s summer wishlist and this would tick that off as well.

The Gers boss has been impressed by the Croatian in pre-season but that does not hide the fact that he has no backup should anything happen to him so a new addition was a requirement already.

And when you are looking for a new player, there is no point trying to sign a backup and the club have recognised that and gone for an improvement instead which bodes well.

In other Rangers news, the Bears received a mighty bid from one of Besiktas’ fiercest rivals for an integral player in van Bronckhorst’s plans.