Ross Wilson (and Ajax) screw Rangers as Calvin Bassey heads to Brighton

Ross Wilson (and Ajax) screw Rangers as Calvin Bassey heads to Brighton
Ajax Italian-born Nigerian defender Calvin Bassey smiles during a press conference at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on October 31, 2022, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group A football match against Rangers. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

There we were, giving ex-Rangers Director of Football Ross Wilson an iota of credit over the Calvin Bassey deal, when it turns out the outgone chief has actually screwed Rangers over very badly in the negotiations with Ajax.

Ibrox Noise understood Rangers were in line to pocket £2M or so for a 10% sell-on in the event of the Nigerian stopper completing his move from Ajax to Brighton, and we were reluctantly ready to offer Wilson a bit of rare praise, but there’s been a shock twist which will see Rangers collect zero from this.

In yet more staggering Ross Wilson incompetence, the sale to Ajax included a protection clause FOR AJAX whereby the 10% only kicked in if the future sale price from Ajax to Bassey’s next club was greater than what Rangers sold him for.

So given the fee will LITERALLY be £300,000 less than Rangers’ £19M received for the defender, we get nothing. Zip. Zero.

And why?

Ajax feel cheated over Bassey – they basically wasted £19M on him, and the last thing they wanted to do was give us a penny more, so they have agreed with Brighton a fee which is a tiny fraction less than our sale price to ensure that clause does not kick in.

Ross Wilson, rather than negotiation a 10% sell-on for future sales, negotiated a clause which agreed that the 10% was only valid in event of a higher price.

Meaning Rangers were in no way guaranteed a penny.

So not only did Wilson only negotiate an initial £19M for a player with a market value of £25M, not only did he still fall short of the £25M through add-ons (which Bassey never activated), but he also messed up with the sell-on by making it conditional on price.

Outstanding work from Wilson, who absolutely was a miserable arrogant failure at Rangers, doing not a single thing right in all his time at the club.

Goodness me.

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