Rangers receive €23m from Dutch champions Ajax for Nigerian defender Calvin Bassey

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Former Rangers defender Calvin Bassey before a match Credit: PA Images
Former Rangers defender Calvin Bassey before a match Credit: PA Images

Rangers have received a club-record transfer fee for Calvin Bassey after the Nigerian completed his move to Ajax.

The versatile defender joined Rangers from Leicester City on a free transfer two years ago and helped the Scots reach the final of the Europa League last term.

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He was very impressive throughout the competition and was also a part of the team that won the Scottish Cup in 2021/22.

After two fruitful years in Glasgow, Bassey has signed a five-year contract with Dutch giants Ajax, who recently sold Lisandro Martinez to Manchester United.

The Eredivisie champions have paid €23million, however, the fee could rise to €26.5m, the club confirmed in a statement.

This amount smashes Rangers’ record sale which was previously held by Nathan Patterson, who joined Everton for a fee in the region of £12m in January.

Bassey made 65 appearances for the Gers and also has six Nigeria caps to his name.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have already sorted out a replacement, bringing in Ben Davies from Liverpool.

Bassey operated as a left-back and central defender during his time at Ibrox, meaning Van Bronckhorst is still chasing a new left-back to compete with Borna Barisic for a starting berth.

Rangers have been linked with Besiktas’ Ridvan Yilmaz, with the player reportedly open to leaving the Turkish outfit.

It is believed that Yilmaz will cost around £4m – similar to Davies – with his Besiktas contract set to expire next summer.

Besiktas vice-president Emre Kocadag has admitted that interest in the 21-year-old is high.

“We have reached a certain stage at the transfer point related to Ridvan,” he said.

“He is a player on the radar of many teams and a lot of offers have come so far.

“If there is a transfer offer that meets our expectations and Ridvan wants it, we will consider it again.”

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