By Joe Ellis

22nd Jul, 2022 | 2:10pm

Rangers offer five-year contract to Ridvan Yilmaz after £5.5m price agreed

Rangers have offered Besiktas left-back Ridvan Yilmaz a five-year deal at Ibrox, according to VOLE journalist Yagiz Sabuncuoglu.

The 21-year-old has been identified as the Light Blues’ main target to challenge Borna Barisic in his position and have come to an agreement on a transfer fee of £5.5million plus a sell-on clause of 20 per cent, as Sabuncuoglu reported on Twitter on 22 July.

He returned to the social media platform to add more meat to the bone and highlighted that the very long contract had already been offered to the player later on 22 July.

It is not yet known whether Yilmaz, a six-time Turkish international, will accept that offer with his current deal at the Vodafone Park Arena expiring in 12 months’ time.

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Connor Goldson has already signed a four-year deal this summer but he is the established figure at the heart of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s defence and a player they needed to keep at all costs.

But to offer an even longer stay to a player who has never pulled on the famous blue of Rangers is a big gamble but a sign that they are committed and believe in Yilmaz to be the main man for years to come.

Even though he should come into the club as potentially the new number one choice at left-back, there is definitely an eye to the future as well with this move and they could have nabbed a steal from the rest of Europe.

The 20 per cent sell-on clause could be a concern if he suddenly becomes a world-beater and is sold for a similar price to Calvin Bassey – who has just joined Ajax for £20million – which would see a large portion of it go straight to Turkey.

In other Rangers news, Mark Warburton thinks that this new addition to the Bears squad could be a game-changer for van Bronckhorst this season.