Rangers may now seize the lead over Frankfurt, but a move will cost $8 million

Rangers may now seize the lead over Frankfurt, but a move will cost $8 million ...

Rangers fans, what would you rather have? A European trophy glinting on the mantelpiece, or an exciting new left-back? OK, so obviously youd pick the former. But grabbing the latter from Eintracht Frankfurts nose at least gives some consolation.

According to the Daily Mail, Rangers are looking into a contract that would see highly-rated Turkish international Ridvan Yilmaz take the place of Ajax defender Calvin Bassey.

Yilmaz, who is adamant and athletic, loves nothing more than leaping forward on the overlap before smashing crosses into the six-yard box. Sounds familiar, doesnt it?

The 21-year-old Besiktas starlet is more technically proficient and naturally-talented than the outgoing Bassey. Yilmaz appears to rely less on power and speed, but more on that harrowing delivery from out wide.

Bassey scored two goals in 26 league games while failing to produce any of his own last season. Yilmaz, meanwhile, scored three goals and four assists while playing in 27 games.

Rangers aren't short of cash with Basseys' imminent move to Amsterdam expected to earn the Glasgow giants an 18 million windfall.

Yes, an official offer for Ridvan has been made. However, we have no intention of accepting it, according to Besiktas president Ahmet Nur Cebi earlier in the day.

The amount of the offer must be at least ten million euros (around 8 million). If someone pays ten million euros, I will sell Ridvan to a (a club in) Europe.

Aber where does Eintracht Frankfurt come in?

According to German publication Sport1, discussions between Frankfurt and Besiktas stalled at the start of July. The Bundesliga outfit who broke Rangers hearts thanks to Kevin Trapps' penalty-saving performances in Seville, failed to reach an agreement on how the Yilmaz deal would be structured.

Yilmaz joining Rangers would not make up for the disappointment of losing a European championship in the most dire circumstances. Like slapping a band aid on a broken leg.

Aber snatching one of the games' most exciting young left-backs from under Frankfurts nose would surely taste good.

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