Galatasaray might make a last-ditch effort to sign Rangers defender Ridvan Yilmaz before the Turkish transfer deadline, according to journalist Yagiz Sabuncuoglu.
After having their offer for Levent Mercan from Fatih Karagumruk declined, Galatasaray reportedly set their sights on Yilmaz.
Yilmaz is ‘plan A’ for Galatasaray and Sabuncuoglu claims that the Turkish giants have held talks with Rangers over a potential move.
If the talks stall the Lions will seek alternatives.
The competition seems intense, with Galatasaray seemingly more active in pursuit. However, Rangers’ lack of a left-back replacement complicates the situation.
Manager Philippe Clement won’t let Yilmaz go without a backup, especially after the collapsed Jefte deal.
His recent performances, displacing Borna Barisic as first-choice left-back, have convinced fans and Clement of his value.
Letting Yilmaz go without a replacement leaves Rangers vulnerable at left-back.
Selling Yilmaz, even for Rangers’ asking price, would be a risky move considering his recent form and importance to the team. The 22-year-old has played in the last seven league games for his team.
Yilmaz hopes to play regularly until the end of the season to increase his chances of making the Turkish national team squad for Euro 2024.
With the deadline approaching, it remains to be seen if Galatasaray can convince Rangers to part with their rising star defender.