PSV Eindhoven technical director Earnie Stewart has confirmed that the Dutch club are set to sign former Rangers midfielder Malik Tillman on a permanent basis.
The Gers have a 10% sell-on clause on the American international and, while he joined PSV on an initial loan deal in the summer, the Eredivisie leaders have an option to buy for £14m. Stewart said that both Tillman and Barcelona’s Sergino Dest could now stay at the Philips Stadion in the long term:
“It is true there is an option to sign both Malik Tillman and Sergino Dest and there is an expectation we will do that with both of them. Fortunately, both of them have indicated they want to stay in Eindhoven. That is of course also very important.
“As a club, you can want anything, but a player is very important in this. You first discuss it with the player and his management. But things are going very well for Malik and Sergino.”
Tillman has had a great first five months in the Netherlands
It was clear from the year that he spent at Ibrox that the 21-year-old had massive potential. In Glasgow, he scored 12 goals in 43 appearances.
Since making the switch to PSV back in August, Tillman has continued to excel, hitting the back of the net 5 times in 12 Eredivisie matches.
Rangers made a poor decision in the summer
The Gers did have a deal in place to buy Tillman for £5.8m, but they waived their right to purchase in order to receive £1m in compensation from Bayern, in addition to the sell-on clause.
It means that the Scottish club will only get £2.4m from the Tillman deal (including £1.4m from his move to PSV). If they had signed the midfielder permanently and then decided to offload him, they could have made a profit of around £8.2m.