Rangers fans are smarting over the capture of Besiktas full-back Ridvan Yilmaz and when you consider links to Frankfurt, Barcelona, Lyon, Torino, Stuttgart and Leicester City, you can see why.

The Gers wasted no time in replacing Nigerian international left-back Calvin Bassey, who has moved to Dutch giants Ajax on a reported £23m deal.

And that cash has been spread out across the defence with Besiktas graduate Ridvan Yilmaz joining Liverpool defender Ben Davies in moving to Ibrox.

The Gers will use up to £9m of that Bassey cash to add Davies (£3m rising to £4m) and Yilmaz (£3.4m rising to £5m) and it’s being regarded as very good business indeed.

Whilst there’s been plenty said about what Ben Davies can offer the Ibrox side, the diminutive and enthusiastic style of Ridvan Yilmaz has turned heads around Europe.

Rangers reportedly beat host of top clubs to Ridvan Yilmaz

A modern full-back who can offer plenty going forwards as well as a doggedness and athleticism in defence, this is an exciting signing and Rangers fans are eager to see what their new number 3 can offer next season.

But if reports are to be believed, before Rangers fans get a proper look at the full-back they only need look at the string of top clubs who were linked to Ridvan Yilmaz before the young Turkish international moved to Rangers.

Fellow Europa League Finalists Eintracht Frankfurt topped the list with reports suggesting a deal was close before it eventually fell apart earlier in the window.

With doubts surrounding talismanic captain Filip Kostic this summer too, there were suggestions they could make a late plunge for Yilmaz as he arrowed in on the Rangers move.

Alongside Eintracht Frankfurt, Ligue 1 Lyon and Serie A Torino were directly mentioned as interested parties in the ordinarily reputable Goal.

That’s clubs from three of the top five leagues mentioned alongside Ridvan Yilmaz and stands as a testament to his burgeoning reputation in Europe, but the links don’t end there.

Spanish giants Barcelona were even linked with Yilmaz mentioned as a potential alternative to Los Culés interest in Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso.

Only three months ago HGBT Haber were claiming that Premier League Leicester City were interested in the player with Torino once again named and Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart added into the mix.

If anything, these links prove that Ridvan Yilmaz is a player who is getting noticed around Europe and that plenty will be well aware of the attributes the Besiktas kid is taking to Rangers.

It also symbolises that the Ibrox side are now shopping in a new marketplace following their years of financial recovery as the club flex their £49m muscles.

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