Some other Rangers sites have been reporting on the potential sale of Ridvan Yilmaz and its financial implications on Rangers.
In short, Besiktas are due a 20% sell-on of the profit for any transfer fee the player could earn Rangers, and while we don’t know yet how much Hellas will pay for the Turk, we can realistically imagine it would be around base level of £4M.
See, it turns out the £2M add-on the Turk would have cost Rangers to take his fee to the Ibrox club hasn’t been hit.
Was this deliberate? Who knows, but in the end the ‘rising to’ part of his £6M fee didn’t quite get there, so Rangers are £2M better off on that front.
All of which means the minimum cost is a break-even on him, so if HV do pay the market value then that’s closer to £5M. Which means the profit for Besiktas would only be around £200,000. Not that high at all. Borderline immaterial.
All of which means Rangers receive enough to make a big difference to this January window and that means one thing:
Rangers will have enough to pay for Lawrence Shankland.
Shankland is market value £5M, at least that’s understandably what Hearts want for him.
They do not want to sell the most important player in the past three decades at their club, a player who is the difference between third place/Europe and midtable mediocrity, but money talks.
If Rangers want the boy, the base level £3M the club can afford tops in this window becomes well over £5M+ in the event of selling the Turkish left back, and suddenly we can actually afford Shankland and our budget rises to £8M+ overall.
Hearts aren’t going to say no to anything over £5M, which is the going rate for a striker of the value of Shankland.
Does the potential Ridvan sale change the Shankland pursuit?
Yes, yes it does.
As things stand, it’s quiet on that front – an Ibrox Noise reader or two did ask about the Hearts captain in our recent transfer roundup, but on the basis of no more than £3M to spend, there was just no update to report on Shanks.
Now? If Yilmaz moves on?
Yes, yes there is.
But it’s a lot of ifs.
We do not know yet if the Ridvan switch to Verona is completely on, time will tell if it materialises, but if it does, it’s a game-changer for Rangers and Philippe Clement.
Shanks becomes financially viable.
If that is, Clement actually wants him…