Calvin Bassey: Ajax are close to signing the Rangers defender for more than £20m

Calvin Bassey: Ajax are close to signing the Rangers defender for more than £20m

Rangers Following an agreement between the two clubs for the defender, Calvin Bassey is expected to join Ajax.

In preparation for signing a four-year contract, Bassey travelled to Amsterdam on Sunday for a physical.

The cost is £18.7 million (€22 million), but add-ons could bring it up to £22.9 million (€27 million), and the agreement also calls for a 10% sell-on charge.

Rangers will get a club record sum for their loss of a player who they only paid £230,000 to Leicester for two years prior. Nathan Patterson, a graduate of Rangers’ youth, was traded to Everton in January for up to £16 million.

Bassey was also a target for former Gers boss Steven Gerrard, now at Aston Villa.

The highly-rated defender was attracting interest from Brighton and clubs across Europe, including Bundesliga and Serie A sides.

It is understood Ajax head coach Alfred Schreuder had spoken to Bassey over the phone and was impressed, with the Dutch club preparing a formal bid as they look to replace Lisandro Martinez, who is set to join Manchester United.

Bassey made 50 appearances across all competitions last season and was named in the Europa League team of the season following Rangers’ run to the final.

He also played a key role as the club won the Scottish Cup in May, adding to the Scottish Premiership title he won the previous campaign. Rangers have already added Antonio Colak, Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo and John Souttar to their squad this summer, but are expected to make further moves during the window.

With reported interest in Rangers’ other left-back Borna Barisic, the club are looking at adding more defensive options, as well as bolstering their attacking line-up as the club bid to qualify for the Champions League and reclaim the Scottish Premiership title.  

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