Rangers linked with £8.5m Frankfurt target as chairman makes transfer vow
Rangers will have to convince fellow Europa League finalists Eintracht Frankfurt to sign Turkish talent Ridvan Yilmaz amid legitimate interest from the club in the Besiktas star.
Rangers fans have been enthusiastic about signing the 20-year-old Turkey international full-back amid reports of the daily mail connecting the Ibrox side this week.
This has since been backed by people like Rangers Review journalist Derek Clark, who believes Ibrox’s interest in the player is legitimate but Besiktas will have to lower their asking price.
It comes with Gers shorting at left-back – having only Borna Barisic in the position – and the club are set to salvage up to £23m from Calvin Bassey.
Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has also hinted the club could be looking for a new left-back following Gers’ 3-1 friendly win over Premier League side West Ham.
Going into the final year of his contract with Besiktas, Rangers are reportedly considering their options with the player as Ridvan Yilmaz is reportedly priced at £4m.
Eintracht Frankfurt linked with ‘£8.5m’ Rangers target Ridvan Yilmaz
If Rangers step up their interest, they could meet competitors in the form of familiar Europa League foes and Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt – and they may have to pay a whole lot more.
Gers suffered a crush against the Germans in Sevilla and while signing Ridvan Yilmaz wouldn’t quite make up for that, it would certainly do well to beat Frankfurt to his signature.
According to the German version of ObjectiveEintracht Frankfurt were keen to sign the attacking full-back earlier this summer.
The report also claimed there was competition from France in the form of Lyon and Italy from Turin, with the fee then being quoted closer to £7million.
There are also quotes attributed to Besiktas chairman Ahmet nur Cebi in May who claim that Besiktas actually want £8.5m (€10m) for Ridvan Yilmaz.
“We have received official offers for Ridvan but we don’t think to sell,” said nur Cebi [Premier Season].
“If someone wants it, the offer must be around ten million euros.
“If someone finds ten million euros, I will sell Ridvan.”
It changes the complexion of those Rangers links with Ridvan Yilmaz and even with Calvin Bassey’s money would be a statement to splash a substantial amount of on the young full-back.
Although it can be good to sign Eintracht Frankfurt.
Meanwhile, a former Rangers manager was back at Ibrox this week as part of the club’s pre-season preparations.