Ajax have confirmed the signing of Calvin Bassey from Rangers on a five-year deal for just under £23m.
The fee is £19.6m (€23m) but with add-ons that could rise to £22.7m (€26.5m) with the deal also said to include a 10% sales fee.
Bassey has signed a contract with Ajax until June 2027 and arrived in Austria on Wednesday for the Dutch champions’ training camp.
His departure will see the Rangers pocket a club-record fee for a player they cost only £230,000 from Leicester two years ago. Rangers sold academy graduate Nathan Patterson to Everton in a deal worth up to £16m in January.
“Rangers Football Club can confirm that Calvin Bassey has joined Ajax in the largest deal in Rangers history,” a club statement read.
“Calvin leaves with best wishes from everyone at Rangers and we thank him for his efforts and commitment over the past two seasons.
“The 22-year-old joined Rangers from Leicester City for a training fee in the summer of 2020, making 65 appearances for the Light Blues.
“Bassey played a key role in Rangers’ historic 55th win, winning the 2022 Scottish Cup, and was a huge part of the UEFA Europa League’s incredible journey to the final in Seville last season. .
“We wish Calvin all the best for his future career.”
The highly rated defender is attracting interest from Brighton and clubs across Europe, including the Bundesliga and Serie A.
Sky Sports News reported in May that Bassey is also a target of former Gers coach Steven GerrardCurrently at Aston Villa.
It is understood that Ajax head coach Alfred Schreuder has spoken to Bassey by phone and is impressed, with the Dutch club preparing an official bid as they look to replace Lisandro Martinez, who is about to join Manchester United.
Bassey made 50 appearances in all competitions last season and was named in the Europa League team of the season after Rangers reached the final.
He also played a key role when the club won the Scottish Cup in May, adding to the Scottish Premiership title he had won in the previous campaign.
Rangers have added Antonio Colak, Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo and John Souttar to their roster this summer, but further moves are expected during the opening hours.
With a reported interest in Rangers left-back Borna Barisic, the club are looking at adding more defensive options, as well as bolstering their attacking squad as the club strives. qualify for the Champions League and regain the Scottish championship.
Boyd: Rangers will miss versatile Bassey
Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd told Sky Sports News:
“Especially at the end of this season, and the Europa League game that Rangers had, Bassey is unbelievable. He’s also very versatile; he can play left-back, he can play side. left of one two, left three, center of three and I think that’s why he attracts clubs.Today we know that when teams are looking at players, they are watching. Review them to include multiple positions and he, Bassey, definitely falls into that category.
“These performances at the end of the season for Rangers are outstanding and you feel as if the team gets a lot of credit from that too. They don’t have to defend the backline as much because of the speed, the rebound. his resilience and ability to deal with one-on-one situations If he has to go, as it happens, he will be a huge shortcoming for Rangers.
“Players have gone in the past and they’ve replaced them, but I think this can be a bit difficult because of that flexibility. I think Rangers will need cover. Borna Barisic is there, but he’s also there. linked to the move, so they will need someone to play at left-back, and someone who can play on the left flank of number two or number three as well as after the loss to Bassey.
“Virgil van Dijk has proven it at the highest level, but I think it’s very harsh for a boy like that, at this point, it’s time to label him. But he showed that he is. He has attributes; he has speed, he has aggression, he is good with the ball, he can defend one-on-one, so he would be an attractive signing for someone.
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