By Joe Ellis

21st Jul, 2022 | 8:40pm

Besiktas plan to make Ridvan Yilmaz contract offer despite Rangers bid

Besiktas are planning to offer defender Ridvan Yilmaz a new contract soon despite Rangers having made a bid to sign him, according to Fanatik.

The 21-year-old was subject to a £5.1million offer from the Light Blues on 20 July [Ertan Suzgun] that also included a sell-on clause of 20% for any future sale of the Turkish international.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst sees left-back as the main area for improvement which is why Yilmaz is high on his agenda but the Turkish Super League side aren’t prepared to lose him easily.

Even though the player is willing to go to whichever club pays the most money for him, Besiktas still want to renew his contract at the Vodafone Park Arena which currently expires at the end of the 2022-23 season.

They are particularly keen not to lose him as a fully-fledged Turkey international because he came through the club’s academy and helps towards their European quota for registration.

No chance

It’s cute that Besiktas think they can convince him to stay without a truly astronomical wage rise into the hundreds of thousands.

Yilmaz seems to be mature enough at 21 years of age to know his own mind and that when a team like Rangers come calling, you can’t really turn it down and he is willing to make that move.

To have the opportunity to play in front of a much bigger audience both in the stadium and on television is not something a player can pass up at this stage in his career so he will soon be pushing for a move to Ibrox.

And that is exactly what van Bronckhorst wants to hear because Yilmaz is arguably the only piece left to put in the jigsaw for the 2022-23 season where he will be hoping to right the wrongs of last season and send the Bears back to the top where they belong.

In other Rangers news, the club have made a significant appointment in the academy to help the next generation of Gers talent.