By Joe Ellis

22nd Jul, 2022 | 10:54am

Rangers have Ridvan Yilmaz bid accepted as major move edges closer

Rangers have come to an agreement with Turkish club Besiktas over the transfer of defender Ridvan Yilmaz, according to Yagiz Sabuncuoglu.

The 21-year-old is in the final year of his contract at the Vodafone Park Arena and the Light Blues are keen to take advantage of that and have made an acceptable bid for the Turkish international.

Sabuncuoglu, a journalist for VOLE in Turkey, reported via his personal Twitter account that a transfer fee of around £5.5million had seen the clubs shake hands with a further 20 per cent sell-on clause added into the deal.

“Beşiktaş and Rangers have reached an agreement for the transfer of Rıdvan Yılmaz for a transfer fee of 6.5 million Euros and a 20% share of the profit from the subsequent sale,” he said. “Rıdvan Yılmaz’s representative started negotiations with Rangers officials for contract details.”

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has identified left-back as the main priority this summer and Yilmaz would solve that problem to compete with Borna Barisic at Ibrox.

Brilliant

That is the final transfer Rangers needed to complete to have put together perhaps the best squad assembled in many years in the Scottish Premiership.

Everywhere you look, there are hardly any weaknesses that can be exploited and every signing has been exactly what the doctor ordered at that time and fans can’t ask for much more than that realistically.

Left-back was not the only position that needed strengthening with a new striker, attacking midfielders, a winger and defenders all brought in and now Yilmaz puts the icing on the cake.

Already a six-time Turkey international at just 21 years of age, he is more than prepared to battle or even supersede Barisic as van Bronckhorst’s first choice.

That is the kind of statement that needed to be made after the disappointment of being the bridesmaids last season and no one wants that to happen again this time around.

In other Rangers news, Besiktas had been planning to make a contract offer for Yilmaz but they will have to change their ideas now.