A lot of conversation has been taking place over the future of Malik Tillman, with a few claims and counter-claims being made about his Rangers prospects and what plans parent club Bayern might have.
Ibrox Noise takes you through the basic details and breaks it down into what we know.
So, obviously the baseline is he’s on loan till the summer, and technically at that point he goes home to Munich. Michael Beale is on record as saying he’s keen to keep Tillman, and hopes it can be done, and the boss says that Tillman’s loan contract has an option to buy.
Now, if we take that at face value, it does not in any way protect Rangers and give our club first refusal on the player – it just means the loan contract includes a purchase option plus the stated price, said to be £4.5M.
We are not in any way aware of any first refusal or any purchase ‘right’ that Rangers have, just that the deal includes the option. Beale does ‘clarify’ this which we’ll get to later.
This is also different to ‘obligation’ which has made its way into a lot of loan deals – the club takes the player on loan and regardless of his performance, they will purchase him at the end of the loan. It’s a high-risk strategy for the loaning club, but could have a huge payoff if the gamble works out.
But in this case, it’s said to be option.
Now, despite the press reports, we’ve not seen any evidence Rangers are guaranteed to sign Tillman if we wish to, this is why the stories linking a host of German clubs to his signature may be more than just clickbait. We understand Eintracht are looking at him, and his parent club themselves are taking notice of his performances. His former Danny Galm coach said the following:
And Michael Beale confirmed Rangers’ opportunity to purchase is just an opportunity:
This doesn’t mean we have any guarantee, Beale reveals here that Bayern actually have the first refusal on the player themselves – we will have the ‘first’ chance to buy the player, because the option to do so is in the deal, but if Bayern choose to recall, or someone else comes in with a bigger number, we see no power the club has over that bid.
If Tillman has a chance to play for Bayern, he’ll 100% take it. He’s improved under Beale, but it depends if Bavaria’s finest think it’s enough to figure at the Allianz.
Time will tell.