Besiktas are eyeing Chelsea’s Kenedy as Ridvan Yilmaz’s replacement, with the left-back close to finalising his switch to Rangers, according to reports in Turkey.
The Light Blues are believed to have agreed a £4m fee for Yilmaz, with manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst having all but confirmed the transfer after the friendly defeat to Tottenham yesterday:
“We are really busy to get another player in. We have seen all the reports but, once he is a Rangers player, we will announce. Hopefully this week we can have a new player.”
Yilmaz could be the Gers’ seventh signing of the summer transfer window, following deals for John Souttar, Antonio Colak, Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo, Malik Tillman and Ben Davies.
There are question marks over whether all the new recruits will actually improve the club’s chances of reclaiming the Scottish Premiership title from Celtic, but van Bronckhorst and director of football Ross Wilson have worked hard to fill gaps in the first team squad.
Yilmaz, in particular, will be a very exciting addition. The 21-year-old already has six senior caps for Turkey and he could provide stiff competition for Borna Barisic on the left-hand side of defence.