By Daniel Feliciano

20th Jul, 2022 | 2:10pm

Rangers interested in Ridvan Yildmaz but Besiktas demands too high

Rangers are not willing to match Besiktas’ asking price for defender Ridvan Yilmaz and the Turkish club must reduce their demands if a deal is to happen, according to Derek Clark.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has targeted the 21-year-old international left-back as a potential option to help replace Ajax-bound Calvin Bassey, having already completed a move for Ben Davies in central defence.

While Rangers are willing to pay around £4m (Daily Mail, July 20), Besiktas are said to want £5.1m plus a sell-on fee for the defender and that’s something the Ibrox club aren’t willing to do.

As it stands a deal won’t happen according to Clark, who shared his information via his personal Twitter account.

“Told Rangers are interested in Ridvan Yilmaz but Besiktas want more than club are willing to offer. The Turkish side will have to reduce their demands if a deal is to be struck.”

Minor amounts

At this point, it’s apples and oranges and if the boss wants to bring Yilmaz in then the club should be doing all they can to do that.

Bassey is a huge loss to Rangers at this point, when he had just become a key player to the team and was able to play at centre-back and left-back to a very high level.

Borna Barisic has proven to be adequate cover, but he showed last season that he can’t be relied upon for an entire season and therefore it’s imperative that competition is brought in for him.

Yilmaz will be a relative unknown to many Rangers fans considering his age and the fact he plays in Turkey, but if the manager has identified him as someone that can improve us then the board must back him.

It’s a huge season this year as we want to wrestle the title back from Celtic and go on another run in Europe, so he needs to be backed. Haggling over £1m is pointless when we’re about to bring in around £20m, so just get it done.

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