Malik Tillman: Rangers conclude a lease deal for Bayern Munich midfielder | Football news

Rangers are ready to hire highly regarded Bayern Munich midfielder Malik Tillman on loan with an option to buy.

An appointment for the 20-year-old could be announced on Friday as he undergoes a medical and becomes Rangers’ fifth summer signing.

American midfielder Malik Tillman (17) plays in the second half of a friendly football match against Morocco, on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Cincinnati.  The United States defeated Morocco 3-0.  (AP Photo / Jeff Dean)
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Malik Tillman made his US debut last month after breaking through at Bayern Munich

Tillman was a key target for manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst as Rangers prepare for the new Scottish Premier League season, which begins on July 30, and the Champions League qualifiers early next month.

Bayern Munich is believed to be keen to have a buy-back option included in the agreement.

Tillman was born in Germany but chose to play for the United States and made his international debut last month.

Rangers have already welcomed Rabbi Matondo, Tom Lawrence, Antonio Colak and John Souttar to the club this summer.

Brighton and Ajax in negotiations over Rangers’ Bassey

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Rangers should demand a fee of at least £ 25 million for Calvin Bassey, says former midfielder Chris Burke

Meanwhile, Brighton and Ajax have had initial talks over an agreement to sign Rangers’ highly regarded Calvin Bassey.

The versatile defender also attracts interest from Serie A and the Bundesliga with at least seven teams following the 22-year-old.

Sky Sports News reported in May that Bassey was also a target for former Gers boss Steven Gerrard, now at Aston Villa.

It is understood that Ajax head coach Alfred Schreuder has spoken to Bassey over the phone and was impressed with how the Dutch club is preparing a formal bid as they look to replace Lisandro Martinez, who is ready to join Manchester United.

Rangers are relaxed about the interest of the Nigerian national team player and will not receive any bids unless they exceed 20 million. GBP, with a source suggesting that any deal may need to improve the Scottish record of £ 25m. pounds when Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal from Celtic.

Should Bassey – who joined from Leicester City just £ 230,000 two years ago – leave this summer, it will see the Rangers smash their club record in transfer fees for the second season in a row.

That would follow academy-educated Nathan Patterson’s move to Everton in January for £ 16m as the club moves towards full financial sustainability thanks to their player trading model – an important part of Rangers’ board strategy.

Although Bassey is expected to be settled in Rangers, he would be open to further talks with Ajax and Brighton.

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Bassey’s defensive partner Connor Goldson discusses why he decided to stay at Rangers after signing a new four-year deal

The defender, who still has two years left on his contract, played 50 matches across all tournaments last season and was named to the Europa League team of the season following the club’s run to the final.

He also played a key role when Rangers won the Scottish Cup in May, adding to the Scottish Premiership title that he won the previous campaign.

With reported interest in Rangers second-back Borna Barisic, the club are looking to add more defensive options, as well as strengthen their attacking line-up, as the club offer to qualify for the Champions League and regain the Scottish Premier League title.

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