Left-back for Rangers As he nears a deal to Ajax, Calvin Bassey is expected to depart Ibrox this summer.
The 22-year-old was apparently a target for Aston Villa this transfer window, but Steven Gerrard decided to bring in Ludwig Augustinsson as a full-back instead so that he could challenge Lucas Digne for the starting position.
The Swedish international, who first joins the squad on a season-long loan, provides a wealth of experience at both the local and international levels.
The Telegraph reports that Bassey is expected to depart Rangers for a sum of £20 million after a standout season with Rangers in the Scottish Premiership and Europa League.
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The international player from Nigeria is viewed as a ready-made replacement for departing Lisandro Martinez, who is on his way to Manchester United to join former manager Erik ten Hag.
Although Bassey was reportedly “open” to speaking with Villa about a potential move to the Midlands, it appears Gerrard explored alternative options in light of the asking price Rangers set for one of their key players.
Last season, he made 50 appearances in all competitions, and when the club advanced to the final, he was selected for the Europa League team of the year.
A week after Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team lost to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties in Seville, Bassey made a standout performance against Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final.