Ridvan Yilmaz Open to Galatasaray Move Amidst Rangers Departure Talks

Ridvan Yilmaz is reportedly considering a move to Galatasaray, expressing his desire to leave Rangers this month in pursuit of more regular game time. According to Turkish news outlet Sabah, Galatasaray aims to secure the 22-year-old left-back on loan, while Rangers prefer a permanent deal to bolster their finances.

Initially, rumors hinted at Yilmaz favoring a move to Serie A in mainland Europe. However, the latest reports indicate a change of heart, with the player now open to returning to his homeland, eyeing a spot in the Turkey squad for Euro 2024. Sabah’s website mentioned, “Galatasaray management knocked on Rangers’ door for Ridvan,” adding that despite foreign press speculation of a €4 million transfer fee, Galatasaray is pushing for a loan arrangement.

The report stated, “Rıdvan is positive about the possibility of being transferred on loan to the yellow-red club to wear the National Team uniform in the European Championship.” The entire situation appears perplexing for both Rangers and fans, as conflicting information circulates about the ongoing negotiations.

Earlier discussions hinted at a potential move to Italy, possibly involving Josh Doig, but the deal fell through when Doig opted for a move to Marseille. Recent developments have complicated matters further, with Fabrizio Romano asserting that Rangers were never interested in Doig. Yilmaz recently featured in the friendly defeat against Hertha Berlin and is expected to play in the upcoming friendly against Copenhagen, indicating his inclusion in Philippe Clement’s plans.

Despite these appearances, speculation surrounding Yilmaz’s departure from Ibrox persists, suggesting that there may be underlying developments. The player’s apparent U-turn in favor of a move to Galatasaray is now under discussion between the clubs, bringing the possibility of a transfer closer to reality. As the transfer window approaches its closure in two weeks, this remains a developing situation worth monitoring.