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The 22-year-old defender enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Ibrox last campaign

Ajax to sign Nigeria’s defender Calvin Bassey in a deal worth over £20m

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Ajax are close to finalising a deal for Rangers’ left-back Calvin Bassey. 

The two clubs have agreed on an initial fee of £19million plus £4.25m in add-ons.

Ajax are close to finalising a deal for Rangers left-back Calvin Bassey. 

The two clubs have agreed on an initial fee of £19million plus £4.25m in add-ons.

Calvin Bassey plays as a defender for Scottish Premiership club Rangers and the Nigeria national team. Bassey is a product of Leicester City’s youth system but didn’t make a senior appearance for the club before joining Rangers on a free transfer in July 2020

Bassey enjoyed a breakthrough season in Amsterdam last campaign, notching 50 appearances in all competitions as the Dutch side claimed their 36th Eredivisie title

Rangers left-back Calvin Bassey is closing in on a move to Ajax worth £19m plus add-ons

The fee is £18.7m (€22m) but with add-ons could rise to £22.9m (€27m) with the deal also set to include a 10 per cent sell-on fee.

Bassey’s departure will see Rangers pocket a club-record fee for a player that cost them a mere £230,000 from Leicester two years ago. Rangers sold academy graduate Nathan Patterson to Everton in a deal worth up to £16m in January.

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

Sky Sports News reported in May that Bassey was also a target for former Gers boss Steven Gerrard, now at Aston Villa.

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.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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