Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller thinks the Light Blues will have to fight off clubs interested in signing Calvin Bassey this summer after his stunning season – but insists the Light Blues should be looking for at least £20million for the Nigerian international.
The Super Eagles star has been a stand-out for Gio van Bronckhorst’s side at left-back and in the centre of defence, leading Miller to think he can be a star in the Premier League in England – if someone pays what Rangers want.
“I’ve heard Giovanni talking about how he’d love to continue working and developing him,” Miller said [Sunday Mail].
“But what I took from that is the manager knows there will be interest. He knows what’s coming.
“Even if Rangers manage to extend Bassey’s current deal, I don’t think that’s going to deter the type of teams who are interested.
“What it might do is get the club more money for him because, for me, Bassey is now a £20million player. That’s what clubs are going to have to pay for him. He can play in the English Premier League, there’s no doubt about that now. No one would disagree after watching his recent performances.
“So can Rangers keep him? If they can’t, they need to make sure they get top dollar. Whether that’s £15m, £20m or £25m, they need to hold out for it – because he’s worth it.”
Rangers MUST demand more than Nathan Patterson if Bassey leaves
While keeping Bassey would be the preferred option for everyone, if the club do have to sell the ex-Leicester kid because the sums on offer are too much to turn down, Rangers need to walk away with more than they made from selling Nathan Patterson to Everton.
The £16million that the Toffees paid for Patterson would be a steal for Bassey and he’s only going to continue to improve with more experience.
However, rather than selling him this summer, giving him a bumper new contract and getting him to commit for another few years before his inevitable move south would be perfect.
Speaking of Rangers transfers, one player heavily linked to the Ibrox side all year is reportedly set to move to the Bundesliga.