Ridvan Yilmaz’ much-reported move to Hellas Verona is indeed very much on, and the Turk is switching to Italy on a loan deal with option to buy in the summer.
As we have been reporting, the former Besiktas man has been heavily linked with a switch to Serie A, and despite his being in Spain for the winter camp, it appears the transaction to southern Europe remains on.
Respected Italian journalist Nicolò Schira has announced that Yilmaz’ transfer is ‘just one step away’ and the Turk will join up with the Italian side inside days.
We don’t quite understand on this occasion why he bothered to go to Spain with the Rangers squad, given he was clearly working on this transfer, but it’s safe to say reaction from fans isn’t exactly positive to this one.
If Ridvan is to move, supporters expected a permanent, and at a good price, given what he cost us.
This way around, Rangers lose our best left back for a loan and he might even end up coming back in the summer if Verona end up relegated.
It seems extremely pointless and one of the predictably weird Rangers activities in transfer windows we’ve come to expect.
Only earlier today Ibrox Noise’s Derek was explaining how bad our scouting is, that we bring in garbage all-too-often – well our outgoings are just as bad.
We can’t blame Michael Beale for this one – we’ve lost our best LB on a loan – fair play if for a healthy chunk of cash, but we’re instead lending our first pick player to a wee team in Italy.
Did Philippe Clement consent to this?
It’s a very, very strange deal and Verona definitely get more from it than Rangers do.