Giovanni lining up ‘major’ Ridvan Yilmaz Rangers bid

Giovanni lining up ‘major’ Ridvan Yilmaz Rangers bid
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Ridvan Yilmaz of Rangers celebrates after he scores his team's second goal during the Viaplay Cup match between Rangers and Livingston at Ibrox Stadium on September 27, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Besiktas manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is to make an attempt at signing Rangers left back Ridvan Yilmaz, having given his approval for the club to make overtures towards his signature in the ‘certain’ event of current LB Arthur Masuaku’s departure from the Istanbul giants.

The Ibrox defender has 100% committed himself to Rangers, his agent has backed that up, and Rangers have absolutely no intention of selling him, meaning if Gio wants the boy, he is going to have to dig very very deep indeed to the tune of an offer Rangers simply cannot say no to.

As things stand, Ridvan’s market value is in the £5M region, but Rangers will not sell a 23-year-old Turkish international (even if he didn’t get the Euros call) for that price, meaning only an offer well in excess of £10M would interest the club at all.

The reality is Ridvan doesn’t want to leave, his agent has affirmed that as well as himself, and the club isn’t interested in selling him, so if Gio does really really want him he will have to shell out a huge amount.

The ex-Rangers manager is having as busy a summer as his-now Ibrox counterpart Philippe Clement is, but the Belgian boss sees Yilmaz as a 100% asset and first choice next season, with Brazilian Jefte in reserve.

He has no intention of selling the Turk.

But money does talk, and if a massive offer arrives Rangers will have a decision to make, not to mention the player himself.

Would he want to return to his old club? He’s testing himself ‘in Europe’ (Turks see their nation as on the periphery of Europe) and doesn’t want to ‘go home’ just yet.

He would like to see himself shine at Rangers for a season or two then get the big Euro top 5 league move, like any ambitious player, but his comments in public have been completely respectful to Rangers and shown his commitment to proving himself at this club.

And we just can’t see him even accepting the offer from Gio regardless of whether Rangers do.

But hey, money talks, we suppose.

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