Rangers to cash in on Calvin Bassey transfer amid surprise Premier League move

Rangers to cash in on Calvin Bassey transfer amid surprise Premier League move
Ajax's Nigerian defender Calvin Bassey (L) speaks with Ajax's Dutch forward Steven Bergwijn during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between SSC Napoli and Ajax Amsterdam at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples on October 12, 2022. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

Rangers are to receive a bonus £2M after it was confirmed former defender Calvin Bassey is closing in on a transfer away from his Dutch nightmare of Ajax and into Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton for a fee of between £18M-£20M.

The Nigerian stopper’s rotten debut season in the Eredivisie hasn’t put off De Zerbi and the Italian maestro, such an outstanding manager at the seaside team, wants a big physical presence in his defence, seeing Bassey as the perfect fit.

This story broke a month ago, with the source behind it also the same source that broke how Joe Aribo would not be signing a new deal at Ibrox last year, so you can trust it’s factual, and it now means, that in the single Ross Wilson success of his entire Rangers tenure, Rangers continue to profit from Bassey which adds another £2M to Michael Beale’s summer budget.

Bassey’s year in Holland was a disaster – a truly bizarre move for such a technically brilliant team as Ajax normally are, having a blundering carthorse in defence was a bewildering transfer for a team so adept with the ball at their feet and total football, but Ibrox Noise wasn’t complaining with £19M in the kitty for it.

And now they’ve realised their horrible error and are dumping him to England, in a great move for the lad given the infinitely more physical Premier League down south.

Great, as in if he can manage another four-year deal he’s set for life at that level, even if/when this one turns out to be a disaster too.

He’s just not a good defender, big and strong but absolutely out of his depth in the Eredivisie so how’s he going to cope at the level hike the PL will offer?

Who cares is really the answer – we make more money from it and Bassey gets another chance to redeem himself.

But ultimately, maybe this gives us an extra player this summer.

As always, we’ll see.

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