Rangers face serious opposition for the signature of Turkey international and Besiktas star Ridvan Yilmaz after Tottenham and UEL conquerors Eintracht were both confirmed as interested.
Unfortunately, both Rangers’ rivals for the LB signature, as fans sadly know only too well in Eintracht’s case certainly, boast guaranteed CL participation, where Rangers will have to negotiate two rounds to get there.
However, Rangers ARE in general pole position to sign the defender after the Germans tried to pawn the Turks off with a payment plan for the 21-year old rather than just paying up front. After all, like Tottenham, Eintracht are fairly healthy financially so trying to pay this way when they don’t need to is a bit shoddy.
Tottenham, despite their status, are in third place with Rangers certainly ahead.
However, the big stumbling block is price.
Besiktas are greedily said to be holding out for £6M for a player with a market value of £8M+ but who is in the last year of his deal, while Rangers are said to be unhappy with going over £4M.
It’s echoes of the reverse of Joe Aribo, and hopefully our fans understand a little better why we ‘only’ got £10M despite his having a likely true value at least double that. It’s us now trying to get the lucrative player in his final year for considerably below his value.
And it’s completely understandable. In Aribo’s case now Yilmaz’s.
This is one we want to get over the line, but we shouldn’t spend more than we think the Turk is worth right now and to us.
See how this one unfolds.