Who is Rangers latest signing Ridvan Yilmaz? Transfer fee and salary explained ahead of Ibrox arrival

Rangers have officially announced the permanent signing of Ridvan Yilmaz from Besiktas. Here are all the details of the transfer.

In what has already been a hectic transfer window for Rangers, with seven incomings and eight departures, it is set to get even busier.

Giovanni van Bronkhorst is prepared to continue spending some of the money that the Scottish side received from the sales of Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey.

Welsh international Rabbi Matondo and Liverpool’s Ben Davies recently arrived at Ibrox, as have the likes of Antonio Colak, Tom Lawrence and Bayern Munich loanee Malik Tillman.

A new name has now been added on what is becoming a long list of signings as the Rangers squad for the 2022/2023 season begins to take shape.

Turkish defender Ridvan Yilmaz has joined the Glasgow outfit, with a transfer fee and personal terms agreed with Besiktas.

Here is everything you need to know about Yilmaz; such as how much Rangers are paying for his services, his salary and where he fits in the starting eleven:

Who is Ridvan Yilmaz and what position does he play?

Ridvan Yilmaz is a Turkish football player that currently plays for Besiktas in the Super Lig.

The 21-year-old left full-back represents the Turkish national team internationally and has featured five times since debuting in May 2021.

Yilmaz has been with Besiktas for all his career, emerging through the youth ranks since he joined the club in 2009.

Since making his professional debut against Caykur Rizespor as a late substitute in April 2019, the young defender has gone on to win the league title in the 20/21 season.

He also boasts Turkiye Kupasi (2020/21) and Super Kupa (2021) triumphs on his CV.

Over his near-three year stint in the first-team, Yilmaz has accumulated 52 domestic appearances including four goals.

Primarily, Yilmaz features on the left full-back position, but has also played further forward as either a left wing-back or a left midfielder.

Is Yilmaz close to joining Rangers?

Bryan Cristante of Italy is challenged by Ridvan Yilmaz of Turkey during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group A match between Turkey and Italy (GETTY)

Ridvan Yilmaz was officially announced as a Rangers player on Monday, 25 July.

What transfer fee will Rangers pay Besiktas?

As per a number of reports, Rangers will pay a transfer fee that totals to €6million (£5.3m).

The Govan outfit will initially pay a lump sum of £3.4million, before an additional £1.9m in add-ons.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have also agreed that Besiktas will receive 20 per cent of any profit that Rangers make on Yilmaz in the future.

How much money will Ridvan Yilmaz earn at Rangers?

The specifics of the wage that Yilmaz will receive when at Rangers is yet to be made official. Reports suggest that Yilmaz has agreed a five-year deal with the Glasgow side.

However, according to Turkish media, Yilmaz will earn a salary of £596,000 at Rangers plus bonuses. This equates to around £11,500 per week.

How does he fit into Rangers starting XI?

Rangers have been avidly looking for another left-back to slot right into Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Gers.

Borna Barisic is the club’s only senior left-back remaining after Calvin Bassey departed to Ajax for a club-record £22.9 million fee.

It is likely that Yilmaz will come straight into the first eleven, though he will initially have to compete with Barisic for a starting berth.

Who have Rangers signed and sold so far in the summer transfer window?

The following is Rangers transfer activity during the 22/23 summer transfer window so far:

Players signed

Rabbi Matondo has signed a deal until the summer of 2026
  • Ben Davies - defender, from Liverpool (£4.23 million)
  • Rabbi Matondo - winger, from FC Schalke (£2.70 million)
  • Antonio Colak - striker, from PAOK (£1.89 million)
  • Tom Lawrence - winger, from Derby County (free transfer)
  • John Souttar - defender, from Hearts (free transfer)
  • Malik Tillman - midfielder, from Bayern Munich (loan)

Players sold

Sold to Ajax, July 2022 Fee: £23m
  • Calvin Bassey - defender, to Ajax (£22.9 million)
  • Joe Aribo - midfielder, to Southampton (£6.39 million)
  • Cedric Itten - striker, to Young Boys (£1.64 million)
  • Jake Hastie - winger, to Hartlepool (free transfer)
  • Andy Firth - winger, to Connah’s Quay (free transfer)
  • Lewis Mayo - defender, to Kilmarnock (loan)
  • Ben Williamson - midfielder, to Dundee (loan)
  • Leon Balogun - defender (released)
  • Kai Kennedy - winger, to Falkirk (loan)
  • Josh McPake - midfielder, to Queen’s Park (loan)

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