Rangers star Calvin Bassey completes £19m move to Ajax
Rangers star Calvin Bassey completes £19m move to Ajax in record sale for Scottish giants… with defender signing five-year deal with Eredivisie champions after they sold Lisandro Martinez to Manchester United
- Calvin Bassey will wear the No 33 shirt at Ajax after joining club from Rangers
- The 22-year-old defender still had two years remaining on his contract at Ibrox
- He flew in to Austria on Wednesday to join up with Dutch side’s training camp
- Bassey leaves Rangers after making 65 appearances across all competitions
Calvin Bassey has sealed his £19million move from Rangers to Ajax in what is a record sale for the Scottish giants.
The Eredivisie champions have been looking for a replacement for Lisandro Martinez, who joined Manchester United in a £55m deal earlier this week.
And the Dutch outfit have now sealed a deal for 22-year-old left-back Bassey, who has signed a five-year deal at the Johan Cruyff Arena and will wear the No 33 shirt.
Calvin Bassey has sealed his £19million move from Rangers to Eredivisie champions Ajax
Bassey has signed a five-year deal at the Johan Cruyff Arena and will wear the No 33 shirt
Bassey – who still had another two years to run on his Rangers deal – arrived in Austria on Wednesday
Bassey – who still had another two years to run on his Rangers deal – arrived in Austria on Wednesday and will now join in with the Ajax first team’s training camp in the country.
Ajax beat RB Salzburg 3-2 in a friendly on Tuesday, and face German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
Speaking in a video posted on the club’s official Twitter account, Bassey said in Dutch: ‘Hello friends,’ before adding in English: ‘I’m Calvin Bassey and I’m here.’
Sportsmail understands that while the initial fee for Bassey amounts to £19m, £4.25m in potential add-ons have also been included in the deal.
He will now join in with Ajax’s pre-season training camp there after signing a five-year deal
Bassey enjoyed a breakthrough season in Glasgow last campaign, notching 50 appearances in all competitions as Rangers made it to the Europa League final, which his side lost but in which he impressed individually.
The crowning moment last season for the defender however came in the Scottish Cup final, as his man-of-the-match display helped Rangers beat Hearts 2-0.
Bassey – who leaves after making 65 appearances for Rangers – also played a more minor role as they won their 55th league title in the 2020-21 season.
The 22-year-old defender enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Ibrox last campaign
Brighton were also keen to land the Ibrox star, with their left-back Marc Cucurella being a long-time summer transfer target for Premier League champions Manchester City.
Former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard had also monitored Bassey closely at Aston Villa.
The Scottish giants picked up Bassey on the cheap from Leicester City in 2020, parting with a mere £230,000 to land his signature.
Ajax star Lisandro Martinez completed his £55m move to Manchester United this week
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