Rangers want in excess of £25million if they are to sell Calvin Bassey this summer, according to Sky Sports, amid interest from the Premier League and Bundesliga in the Ibrox star.
Aston Villa have been widely touted as a likely destination for the Nigerian international after a stunning season for the Light Blues saw him impress in the Europa League and Scottish Cup finals.
However, it would take a Scottish record fee for Rangers to let the 22-year-old move this summer as Gio van Bronckhorst prepares for his first pre-season as Ibrox.
With Rangers said to be holding out for a huge fee for Bassey, Sky Sports claim the defender is “settled at Ibrox but would be open to talking to Villa about a possible move to the Midlands” where he would be reunited with Steven Gerrard.
The Villa boss signed Bassey from Leicester City two years ago, and it doesn’t appear the impending signing of Diego Carlos is going to stop their pursuit of the Rangers fan favourite.
Rangers look like facing a huge fight to keep Calvin Bassey
After his man of the match performances in the Scottish and Europa League finals, it is little surprise there is so much focus on Bassey just now.
If clubs offer the sort of money being talked about, it is hard to see how Rangers can resist cashing in on a player who arrived for less than £250,000 in development fees two years ago.
Selling Bassey for big money would give Gio van Bronckhorst a hefty transfer budget for the summer – although it’ll further weaken a Rangers defence that looks patchy.
Uncertainty over Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Borna Barisic and Fil Helander’s future leaves Gio short on option and means he’ll need to totally rebuild his defence in the summer anyway.
A Scottish record fee for Bassey would make that a little bit easier and give van Bronckhorst some more choices this summer.