The Gers will pay an initial £3.4m rising to £5m to bring Besiktas left-back Ridvan Yilmaz to Ibrox [Sky Sports], the 21-year-old talent replacing the Ajax-bound Calvin Bassey.
The deal has already been announced at Ibrox and it’s fair to say everyone in the background of the club is thoroughly excited to see the kid come in through the door.
But according to the latest reports in Turkey, Rangers’ business ventures in the eastern country might not be done there amid links to midfielder Kartal Yilmaz.
Rangers linked to Bestikas midfielder Kartal Yilmaz
According to Fotomac, the Bears are in negotiations over a deal for Ridvan Yilmaz’ namesake Kartal, although they are no relation.
The 21-year-old midfielder is said to be valued at around £850k and any move for Kartal could follow up from the £5m deal to bring Ridvan Yilmaz to the club.
The midfielder spent last season on loan at Turkish second tier side Umraniyespor and helped them gain promotion to the Super Lig for the first time in their history.
But whilst these links will pique the interest of Gers fans they appear to be in direct contrast to comments from manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Speaking as part of the club’s MyGers Training Day at Ibrox, the Dutch coach hinted that any future transfer business in this window could depend on Champions League qualification as the transfer of Ridvan Yilmaz neared completion.
Clubs reportedly get around £40m for making the competition and this would be a welcome boost to any of Rangers’ transfer plans.
“Hopefully we’ll sign a new player this week but my focus is fully on the Champions League and we all know what benefits come from reaching the group stage – the development of my players and, of course, financially for the club,” said Gio
“So we will have to see where we are at that moment. But our first aim is to win the games we have to play to get into the Champions League and be in the group stage.”
Whilst it’ll be interesting to see if these links to Kartal Yilmaz go anywhere, with any deal perhaps having to the added bonus of helping Ridvan to settle in Scotland, Rangers have had a comprehensive window to date.
In total the club have brought in seven new faces whilst the likes of Joe Aribo, Calvin Bassey, Leon Balogun and Andy Firth have moved on.
Meanwhile, visiting Rangers fans to Ibrox are set to be impacted by a series of frustrating subway strikes.