Glasgow Rangers hold an ‘advantage’ in their attempt to bring midfielder Kartal Yilmaz to Ibrox this summer, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The lowdown: Double swoop?
Following the completed capture of left-back Ridvan Yilmaz, Giovanni van Bronckhorst is seemingly eyeing up another raid in Turkey before the window closes.
As per Turkish outlet Ajanspor, the Gers are considering returning to Besiktas in an £800,000 attempt to sign 21-year-old Turkey youth international midfielder and namesake, Kartal.
However, it’s been suggested that the Super Lig giants are only willing to sanction a loan departure for their talented gem, seemingly putting Rangers in a difficult position in negotiations.
The latest: ‘Advantage’
Speaking to Give Me Sport, O’Rourke has claimed that the Light Blues in fact hold an ‘advantage’ when it comes to striking a deal for the seven-cap Under 21 starlet due to their preexisting relationship.
He said: “I think it definitely gives them an advantage. They’ve obviously worked with Besiktas to a great deal for the left-back Ridvan Yilmaz, so there’s clearly good relations between the clubs to get that deal over the line.
“So, I’m sure ongoing discussions, if they are after the midfielder Yilmaz, that it would make things slightly easier for Rangers.”
The verdict: Fingers crossed
Albeit only early days in the new campaign, it’s already apparent that Rangers need further reinforcements to the ranks if they’re going to compete both in Europe and domestically in 2022/23.
Having sold Joe Aribo and with uncertainty surrounding the future of Glen Kamara, there is yet to be a genuine central midfielder arrive and as such, a signing in that area should be considered imperative before the September 1 deadline.
Operating exclusively as a defensive midfielder last season, Yilmaz scored once and provided seven assists in league outings whilst on loan at the second-tier outfit Umraniyespor, picking up 11 yellow cards in the process.
Overall, the talented Turkish youngster earned an outstanding 7.22 Sofascore rating during 2021/22, winning 4.2 duels, making 2.0 interceptions and completing 2.0 key passes on average per appearance – outperforming potential positional rival Kamara in each facet, as the 26-year-old only managed 3.9 successful duels, 0.7 interceptions and 1.3 key passes in the Scottish Premiership.
Valued at £900,000 and under contract in his homeland until 2024 (Transfermarkt), this should be a wholly affordable move for the Gers and one that the hierarchy should be working hard to get over the line in order to suitably bolster Van Bronkhorst’s options.
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