By George Overhill

22nd Jul, 2022 | 8:45am

Rangers target Ridvan Yilmaz asks Besiktas to let him go amid discussions on bid

Rangers target Ridvan Yilmaz has asked to be given “permission” to leave as Besiktas discuss an offer from Ibrox, according to BeIN Sports.

Following the big-money sale of Calvin Bassey to Ajax the Gers are looking to bolster their ranks at left-back and have identified the Turkish international.

A bid of €6million plus bonuses is reportedly on the table, and now it appears that while his management were discussing the merits of that offer the 21-year-old has asked to be let go.

BeIN Sports report: “While the management in black and white was discussing the transfer, the young player asked for permission from Beşiktaş to achieve his dream of playing in Europe.”

The Turkish giants finished sixth in last season’s Super Lig and therefore have no chance of featuring in European competition.

The Light Blues will face Union Saint-Gilloise in the Champions League Third Qualifying Round.

Positive

The player wanting to come to Ibrox is one thing, but actively making his view known to the decision makers at Besiktas is another and should be a positive sign for this one getting done.

The Super Lig side may be hoping for more money in the knowledge that a large amount has gone into the Rangers bank account from the Bassey sale.

But Ross Wilson shouldn’t be held to ransom because of that and should be prepared to walk away if necessary.

For a young player with 62 appearances at senior club level to his name and six full international caps it would be a very positive signing to tie up, as long as it can be done for a good price.

It will help cushion the blow of losing Bassey significantly if a good quality replacement can be found for around a quarter of the Nigerian international’s sale price.

And it appears that the eye-catching run through European competition in the 2021/22 season is helping in the transfer market this summer if Yilmaz is this intent on making the move to Glasgow.

In other Rangers news, there could be further transfer activity involving left-backs and Turkey if strong interest is followed up on.