According to Turkish publication Cumhurriyet, Rangers have submitted a 3 million bid for Ridvan Yilmaz, who are attempting to lure the Besiktas starlet to Ibrox.
Besiktas' president, Ahmet Nur Cebi, said at the start of the summer that Yilmaz was free to depart. As long as someone is willing to pay his 8 million asking price, that is.
Now that he has less than 12 months left on his contract, it appears highly unlikely that the Rangers will be able to play ball.
Rangers are keen to get rid of a Calvin Bassey-like hole in Giovanni van Bronckhorsts' backline (Daily Mail). However, the departures of both Bassey and fellow Nigerian Joe Aribo leave the club without any intention of paying over the odds. Yilmaz, after all, will be a free agent in July 2023.
The Gers have submitted an initial offer of 3 million for Yilmaz, according to Cumhurriyet. Besiktas will likely hold out for more, however, knowing that Yilmaz is receiving admirers from throughout the continent.
Ridvan wants to go, but Cebi admits.
The decision that he wishes to leave is known to the public. However, where he will land next is far less certain.
Rangers might slay fellow Europa League finalists Eintracht Frankfurt in an interesting twist of fate. Talks between Besiktas and the Bundesliga club ended this month due to a disagreement over how the Yilmaz deal would be structured (Sport1).
In May, Tottenham Hotspur was also linked.
Spurs have strengthened their left flank with the evergreen Ivan Perisic. Ryan Sessegnon has made significant improvements since Antonio Conte took over as Nuno Espirito Santo took the spot at Tottenham Hotspur.
Yilmaz, a technically gifted full-back showcasing a pinpoint delivery, produced far superior results over Bassey in 2021/22. He scored seven goals and assists in the Turkish Super Lig last season, making him a damn sight above Bassey's two-goal total.
Ben Davies, a left-footed defender, has already been brought in by Rangers this week.