Aston Villa ‘closing in’ on signing of ‘phenomenal’ Rangers man who shone in Europa League final

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Reported Aston Villa target Calvin Bassey celebrates Joe Aribo's goal Credit: PA Images
Reported Aston Villa target Calvin Bassey celebrates Joe Aribo's goal Credit: PA Images

Premier League club Aston Villa are reportedly interested in signing Rangers defender Calvin Bassey this summer.

The 22-year-old has been superb for the Gers this campaign as he helped them reach the Europa League final and win the Scottish Cup.

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He made 50 appearances across all competitions, providing six assists as he has played in the centre of defence as well as left-back under both Steven Gerrard and Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Bassey played every minute of Rangers’ Europa League knockout stage campaign as they overcame the likes of Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig to face Frankfurt in the final in Seville.

The Light Blues lost on penalties against the Bundesliga outfit, with Bassey putting in a monstrous performance alongside Connor Goldson in centre-half.

His showing brought praise from numerous pundits. Rangers’ all-time leading goalscorer Ally McCoist called the Nigeria international “phenomenal”.

After the Europa League final, Owen Hargreaves said (quotes via TEAMtalk): “Calvin Bassey, my word, what a performance. That was astonishing, the energy and effort. Everything about his game was fantastic.

“Anyone watching that will be thinking: ‘That’s the kind of player I want in my team’.”

He is unsurprisingly attracting interest from elsewhere, with Gerrard looking to reunite with the young defender at Aston Villa, according to The Times.

Villa’s scouts have been ‘impressed’ by Bassey as Gerrard has been given ‘financial backing’ by the club’s owners.

Following the signings of Boubacar Kamara and Philippe Coutinho, the Villans head coach is eager to improve his defence.

Aston Villa are said to be ‘ready to step up their pursuit’ of the Nigerian after watching him star in the Europa and Scottish Cup finals.

As well as Bassey, Villa have been linked with Newcastle target Diego Carlos, who played 45 times for Sevilla in 2021/22.

This is according to The Athletic. They say that the Midlands side are ‘exploring the possibility of signing’ Carlos.

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