Galatasaray are reportedly preparing a final-ditch offer for Rangers left-back Ridvan Yilmaz, according to Fotomac.
The Turkish transfer window runs until 9 February so the Lions still have time to complete the deal but if they do sign Yilmaz after today Rangers would be unable to find a replacement as the Scottish window closes at midnight.
The report claims Galatasaray want both a right-back and a left-back before the window shuts and they will be armed with the transfer funds from selling Sacha Boey to Bayern Munich for €30m.
This news throws Rangers into a last-minute dilemma whether they accept a potential windfall and risk weakening their squad, or hold onto their resurgent defender?
Having seen previous bids rejected, Galatasaray are expected to up their ante to secure Yilmaz’s services. The lure of regular playing time and potential European Championship inclusion with Turkey reportedly attracts the 22-year-old.
While arguments exist for both sides, the timing of this renewed interest complicates matters. With the Jefte deal falling through, left-back cover now appears thinner.
Additionally, Yilmaz has recently displaced Borna Barisic as the first-choice option, seemingly silencing earlier doubts about his performance.
Yilmaz has made it clear he is happy at Rangers and is not pushing for an exit so the final decision is down to his club.
A substantial offer could strengthen Rangers’ finances and potentially allow for reinvestment in other areas but it would leave the team stretched thin until next summer unless a last minute replacement was to be found.
His recent form suggests he can be a valuable asset, and Champions League aspirations require a strong squad depth.