Ajax confirm signing of Calvin Bassey from Rangers

Krishan Davis
Bassey is now an Ajax player
Bassey is now an Ajax player / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

Ajax have confirmed the arrival of defender Calvin Bassey from Rangers on a five-year contract in a club-record deal for the Scottish club.

90min revealed on Monday that the 22-year-old had travelled to Amsterdam to put the finishing touches to the £22.5m transfer, which has now been announced by the Dutch giants.

The versatile Nigeria international has been signed as a replacement for Manchester United-bound Lisandro Martinez, with an agreement reached that will see the Argentine move to Old Trafford for a fee that could rise to £57.5m.

A left-back by trade who is also comfortable operating in central defence, Bassey was outstanding in Rangers' scintillating run to the Europa League final last season

Ajax agreed a £22.5m fee for the defender, making him their second most expensive signing of all time following Steven Bergwijn's £26m move from Tottenham earlier this summer.

A club statement read: "Ajax has reached an agreement with Rangers FC and Calvin Bassey for the transfer of the defender to Amsterdam.

"The English-Nigerian player has signed a contract with Ajax that will take effect immediately and will run for five seasons, until June 30, 2027. Ajax will pay a transfer fee of EUR 23 million to Rangers FC. Including variables, that amount could increase to EUR 26.5 million."

This is also a club-record deal for Rangers. Their statement read: "Rangers Football Club can today confirm Calvin Bassey has joined Ajax in a deal which is the largest in Rangers’ history."

Meanwhile, Gers have already signed a replacement for Bassey in the form of Liverpool centre-back Ben Davies, who never actually made an appearance for the Reds.