The Calvin Bassey saga continues after Fulham entered the race for the Nigeria international’s signature, with Brighton’s supposed attempts falling through completely.
The seasiders had allegedly lined up a bid of £18M for the former Rangers defender, only for that one to fade dramatically and no further progress seen on the deal. Now, Marco Silva’s Premier League Fulham have reported gone one step further and formally bid £15M for the ex-Leicester man, in news that Sky Sports claim is relevant to Rangers.
So, there’s been claim and counter-claim here, but following initial sources saying Rangers had a 10% sell-on for Bassey, which Ibrox Noise praised him for securing, further information alleged it was only a profit clause, and that Bassey had to go for more than Ajax paid. Which meant Wilson had now screwed up.
But Sky Sports, who in fairness are pretty good with their sources, explain it’s 10% period, regardless of price, and this means if Ajax accept the bid from Fulham and Bassey makes his move, it’s a bonus £1.5M again for Rangers. It’s not a fortune, but it’s money better in our pocket than out, and could give Michael Beale a little more muscle for budget this window.
So, if Sky are right, and we believe they are, we offer Wilson credit for securing this clause and guaranteeing us a cash bonus if Bassey was to move on from Ajax.
In truth? Anyone could see Bassey was moving completely to the wrong club and league, and most fans at the time did indeed observe ‘great move, intriguing move’ as polite-speak for ‘he’s out of his depth there’. Some reckoned he was going to set Ajax alight, but these were optimists who overrate pretty much everything.
And indeed he was out of his depth, just didn’t settle and wasn’t capable of playing the Dutch and Ajax style.
So getting this sell on was important, because in the event of his inevitable exit, Rangers get a cash bonus.
Meaning Wilson got something right. Sure, he got a lot wrong, but the Bassey thing he seemed to nail.
But, of course, Ajax yet to address the bid, and we await to see if Bassey makes his move and Rangers get our little pot of cash.